Camarillo Airport – Encroachment Threat Being Studied

Friday, September 14, 2007
Study set for project near airport in Camarillo
By Sam Richard
The Ventura (CA) County Star

A Torrance-based company will soon study noise and safety risks that airplanes pose for a proposed development of up to 1,350 residences near the Camarillo Airport. The Camarillo City Council voted 5-0 Wednesday night to hire ACTA Inc. to conduct a study for the 173-acre Springville Specific Plan area. Springville, about a half-mile from the airport, is north of Highway 101, south of West Ponderosa Drive, west of North Las Posas Road and east of West Daily Drive. ACTA’s study will include an $11,500 assessment to determine the risk of a plane landing in the area. The company plans to study a variety of data, including the level of activity at the airport and its accident history.

The other part of ACTA’s study is an $8,500 analysis aimed at determining how much aircraft noise the future residents could be subject to, City Manager Jerry Bankston said.

ACTA will begin the study immediately, Bankston said, and probably complete it within about two months.

At a public hearing on the Springville plan in June, several pilots expressed concerns about noise and safety issues related to the proposed development.

The county Aviation Advisory Commission and the Camarillo Airport Authority asked the city to consider doing a study. The city is preparing a final environmental impact report and specific plan for Springville, and the council will consider the study’s findings before giving final approval. The specific plan would set guidelines for development and land use in the area.

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