|From:||Lenny Siegel <firstname.lastname@example.org>|
|Date:||17 Mar 2006 20:23:05 -0000|
|Subject:||[CPEO-MEF] Robins Air Force Base (GA) compatible land use|
Land protection issue reappears Property restrictions near base met public resistance when proposed in 2003
By Gene Rector MACON TELEGRAPH (GA) March 17, 2006
ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE - Compatible land use around Robins Air Force Base - a hot-button issue months ago, particularly in south Bibb County - may soon reappear on the radar scopes of local lawmakers following a cost update by the 21st Century Partnership.
The update, discussed briefly during the group's quarterly meeting Thursday, concluded that $30 million would be required to control or gain access to property affected by high noise from the base or land that could accommodate construction that might interfere with air operations.
The partnership consists of Middle Georgia political, civic and business leaders focused on supporting Robins and its assigned units.
"The $30 million is the most extreme. That's buying up everything," emphasized retired Air Force Maj. Gen. Ron Smith, a partnership consultant. "A more practical approach would be to focus on clear zones, accident potential zones and areas where the noise is so high you shouldn't have people living there. That would cost about $12.5 million."
For the entire article, see http://www.macon.com/mld/macon/news/local/states/georgia/counties/houston_peach/14117600.htm
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