The Watsonville Pilots Association (WPA) has reviewed the City of Watsonville?s draft of the General Plan 2030. WPA feels that it lays the planning base for another Reid-Hillview, (an airport surrounded by development). The draft EIR (Environmental Impact Report) simply rubber-stamps the General Plan content. We believe that developers are financing the planning, as indicated by internal City memos (obtained by the Freedom of Information Act). When developers pay, they control content. While this practice is not unusual (since developers stand to gain great deals of money), it is inappropriate. The Watsonville Pilots Association, and another citizens group, has responded to the draft EIR which allows the creation of noise and safety problems at WVI, including areas aligned with runways. The Local Area Formation Commission (LAFCO) wants the City to provide information assuring no noise and safety problems will be created.
LAFCO’s letter to the City specifically requested, “…Please cite an example of actual conditions at other airports, and industry standards (the State Airport Land Use Planning Handbook or similar standards) that demonstrate that the level of urbanization will have noise and safety impacts that are less than significant.”
Local airport supporters are working hard to save WVI and would appreciate your help and support. What can you do? There are a number of actions you can take to help us.
First, a contribution to WPA’s legal fund would be appreciated. The address: WPA, 137 Falmouth Ct., Aptos, CA 95003 (in the memo section of the check note “legal fund”).
Second, a letter to: County Board of Supervisors, 701 Ocean Street Room # 500, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-4069, Attn: Supervisor Ellen Pirie. The letter would address the need for: (1) preventing annexation of County land to the City of Watsonville, (2) responsible land use planning, (3) stress the importance of Watsonville?s Airport (WVI).
Third, local pilots should join WPA, and all pilots throughout the State should join the California Pilots Association.
Watsonville Pilots Association
A Chapter of the California Pilots Association