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Rally Planned to Protest Airport Expansion

Citizens for a Better Gwinnett organizing group to attend commission meeting.

Citizens for a Better Gwinnett (C4BG) member Jim Regan said his group has one goal in mind for the Feb. 22 Gwinnett County Commission meeting.

“We’re just trying to keep getting their attention,” he said.

Regan and a group of citizens opposed to the plan to attend the Tuesday night commission meeting to make sure commissioners know citizens are paying attention to discussions and developments regarding future plans for the Lawrenceville airport.

C4BG members plan to address the commission at the conclusion of regular business.

Regan, who has attended , said he remains concerned about plans for the airport despite assurances from some commissioners that .

“All they talk about is that we have to increase revenue,” Regan said.

While privatizing and expanding the airport would not result in a direct revenue increase for the county, there could be an indirect benefit.

“They think it is going to generate more taxes,” Regan said listing hotel, fuel, rental car and other taxes as an example. Though revenues may increase, there is a downside, he explained.

“To offset that, it’s going to further decline home values,” he said.

Regan said he has done extensive research and read numerous reports regarding the affect of airport expansions on the value of surrounding properties.

“I’ve yet to find one that says it affects [property values] in a positive way,” he said. “When you go to the final analysis, they all say it’s a negative impact on home values and also commercial values.”

The Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners meets at the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center, 75 Langley Drive, Lawrenceville. The Feb. 22 meeting is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.

For more information about Citizens for a Better Gwinnett, visit their website at: http://better-gwinnett.org/

C. Simpson February 14, 2011 at 08:18 PM
I have lived and worked in Gwinnett county for 25 + years. I am 100% for it. C. Simpson Dacula/Lawrenceville.
Jimmy Orr February 14, 2011 at 10:38 PM
I have lived and worked in Gwinnett County for over 31 years and I am opposed to the expansion of Briscoe Field for commercial airline traffic.
Andrew McNeil February 15, 2011 at 02:43 PM
We have lived and worked in Gwinnett since the early seventies. Other airports similar to Briscoe that have expanded to include commercial airline service have NOT seen an increase in jobs, revenue, or retail. Population and business density within a ten-twelve mile radius of Briscoe clearly show commercialization would only cause a decline in the quality of life (noise, pollution, property values, etc.) Commissioners want to reassure us that the current cutting of trees, etc. is NOT leading to expansion/commercialization. We are not feeling a sense of security with their promises!! Come to the Justice Center Feb. 22nd... Andrew and Gaye McNeil
Sandra Brewer February 15, 2011 at 03:14 PM
My husband and I lived about 2 miles flying distance off the end of the east/south runway of Hartsfield/Jackson. Trust me when I say this airport expansion will NOT be a good thing for anyone living within a 3 miles radius of Briscoe. The housing values will plummet (look at Forest Park and Conley), the quality of life will decrease and the "benefits" will not be recognized. The people in Forest Park and Conley sued and had their homes retrofitted with substantial soundproofing and the neighborhoods still fell. What will that kind of noise and air pollution due to the people around Briscoe? This is NOT progress and until Gwinnett County deals with the REAL source of its problems, the only thing this will do is cause the homeowners in and around Lawrenceville headaches and loss!
Russ Lappana February 21, 2011 at 11:49 PM
I too am a long time resident and once you peal back the the planned expansion and truly know the details you will not like what you find out. Biggest issue, any economic proposed gain would be washed away by the downturn of home prices thus reducing tax revenue. There is data readily available to the public. This information has never been discussed in any open forum with our Gwinnett County Commissioners. Homes within one mile, five miles and ten miles are shown to decrease in value. When you talk about decreasing values even lower than the present state of affairs it is hard to comprehend. Hamilton Mill area , Chateau Elan, Dacula communities, Buford, Hoschton, Grayson, Lawrenceville, Suwanee citizens beware. The airport expansion with jets will adversely.

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