Open Letter on Westover Field

P.O. Box 6868
San Carlos, Ca 94070
October 3, 2005

Honorable Richard Forester, Chairman
Board of Supervisors
County of Amador

Re: Airport Safety – Westover Field – Proposed Fuel Service Station

Dear Mr. Forester:
The California Pilots Association assists counties and cities in maintaining safe and efficient airports such as Westover Field. Westover Field is the region’s on ramp and off ramp to the nation’s aerial highways; it is an important part of the county, state and national transportation infrastructure. To assure that Westover Field continues to provide this vital service to the community, it must maintain a high degree of safety for both airport users and persons near the airport. Safety experts have determined that certain land uses near airports are acceptable, others are not.

California’s Department of Transportation, Division of Aeronautics, has published the Airport Land Use Planning Handbook. This publication is frequently referred to as the “Planners Bible”. It lists specific uses for designated areas near a public airport. Page 9-44 titled Basic Safety Compatibility Qualities, lists hazardous uses such as aboveground bulk fuel storage to be avoided or prohibited in Zones 2 and 3.

While the proposed service station’s main fuel storage tanks would be underground, large fuel delivery trucks would necessarily be on the premises for undetermined periods at undetermined times. For this reason, the Caltrans’ safety recommendations should apply.

Thank you for the opportunity to comment on this important issue.

Yours truly,

Jay C. White, President

cc: Amador County Planning Director
Dave Richards
Jon Luy
Pat Blacklock

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