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Public Hearing on Airport Resolution Set for April 28

Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners tables action on resolution to allow time for public input.

A resolution to remove commercial service as an option if Briscoe Field is privatized has been tabled until May 3 to allow time for a public hearing.

The Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners voted April 19 to table the resolution and has scheduled a public hearing for April 28 at 7 p.m. The hearing location has not yet been confirmed by county officials.

The county has not yet issued a request for proposals (RFP) for any airport related projects, but did issue a request for qualifications (RFQ) last year for firms interested in submitting proposals to privatize the airport.

American Airports Corporation, Gwinnett Airport, LLC and Propeller Investments submitted RFQs.

Brett Smith, managing director of Propeller Investments, supports bringing commercial service to Briscoe Field and .

Fly Gwinnett Forward, headed by Paula Hastings, Mike Royal and Jimmy Norton, to the Lawrenceville airport.

Leading the opposition are members of Citizens for a Better Gwinnett (C4BG). The group has requested passenger jet service and freight operations be removed from consideration.

In a , C4BG spokesmen Russ Lappana, Rick Schneider and Jim Regan called any decision to add passenger jet service “a decision that would negatively impact tens of thousands, perhaps even hundreds of thousands of residents, by creating noise levels approaching the threshold of pain, creating health hazards from jet fuel fallout, increasing traffic congestion on an already overburdened  roadway system, and destroy home values.”

C. Simpson April 20, 2011 at 07:31 PM
"by creating noise levels approaching the threshold of pain", "can the common man or woman really have an impact on decisions that involve the corporate bank accounts that back such decisions?"...Give me a break. This kind of sensationalized, overly dramatic whining has no basis of truth. The question I have is can a few(hundred), short sighted, overly vocalized whiners influence the leaders of this county into making the wrong decision? I believe every legitimate study that has been done or could be done would prove that both privatization and commercialization would be a huge benefit for both the county and its citizens. Chris S.
Laura April 20, 2011 at 10:08 PM
Mr. Simpson, I asked a legitimate question. I'm not whining, and I'm far from overly dramatic. If soneone poses a question, does that make us short sighted and overly vocalized whiners? Talk about overly dramatic, dude. As I mentioned a couple of months ago, the airports that Mr. Brett Smith mentioned for us to compare their success with the potential for Briscoe (i.e., Westchester County, New York --where my family is from and extended family still live; Palm Springs; Greenville--where I went to college) all have different demographics and topography than Gwinnett County and Briscoe. You can google that and see for yourself. Gwinnett County isn't ready for commercial flights. The upgrades and infrastructure that will make it ready for this type of airport will fall on the backs of an already over-taxed population at all levels--city, county, state, and federal.
Laura April 20, 2011 at 10:10 PM
Dang it. I made a typo. (Cynthia, are you watching? :))
Jim Regan April 21, 2011 at 01:56 AM
Let's approach this from the perspective of a basic common sense question. Is Briscoe Field the appropriate place to develop a regional airport? What are the pros? An existing runway, an adjacent highway, and the world's busiest airport 50 miles away. What are the cons? The runway is too short to safely take off a fully loaded 737. 737 pilots like to have 8,000 feet for a safe take off, improves the margin of error. Briscoe Field is comprised of 500 acres, which would make it one the smallest passenger jet airports in the country. With Hwy 316 on one side, railroad on the other, and Lawrenceville at the end of the runway it will make it very difficult to expand the site and runway to a safer length. The adjacent highway is currently over capacity, this will make congestion worse. Who will pay for the necessary infrastructure improvements. The county or state? Either way that's you and me. Jet aircraft noise has been studied for 30+ years. Every study I've read documents airports negatively impact home values at least 9%, not to mention human's health. Briscoe Field is located in a densely developed and populated area, which includes a hospital, two colleges, a dozen schools, and thousands of homes. So after considering then non-sensasual facts who thinks this is the right location.
Brenda April 21, 2011 at 04:37 AM
I am planning to move to Gwinnett County in the very near future. The decision on this issue will greatly effect the exact location. I have been following this issue for several months an in my opinion it seems to be "just a bickering" from the pros and cons, however with so many issues at stake, it will be very detrimental to those living any where near Briscoe Field. I have heard many unfavorable comments in my search for a new location. Until this issue is settled, I probably will not make my decision in fear that the "PROS" or those seeking to gain personally from this issue are leading the not somewhat knowledgeable citizens in the wrong direction. If it is approved, and the service goes forward, if everyone living in the vacinity and all the businesses in the vacinity then need to move to space themselves from all the undesirable factors or circumstances, then what will the population of Gwinnett County have gained. This is only a view from an outsider/hopefully soon to be an insider somewhere close by, maybe even over in Hall County. Are there many others with this same viewpoint? If so, Gwinnett County's population may have already peaked and will soon be on the downturn.

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