Noise assessment on airport requested | News | The Press and Standard
by The Press and Standard | May 11, 2017 8:52 am
The Walterboro-Colleton County Airport Commission has a request for an environmental assessment done on aircraft traffic at the Lowcountry Regional Airport on the agenda for Thursday’s meeting.
A letter from Walterboro resident Carol Black seeks an environmental assessment under Federal Aviation Board regulations, accompanied by a petition that Black has been circulating.
Black said the petition contains about 30 signatures from residents primarily in the path of Lowcountry Regional Airport’s runway 5-23, the runway approach that takes aircraft over Walterboro’s Historic District and the North Lemacks Street area.
Black said the petition signees reside on North Lemacks, Gruber, Hampton, Valley, Savage, Church and Wichman streets.
The request seeks an environmental assessment of all three runways at Lowcountry Regional Airport, the largest general aviation airport in South Carolina.
Of primary concern to Black and the petition’s signers is the 5-23 runway, which ends near the intersection of North Lemacks Street and Robertson Boulevard, which sends the aircraft over their residences. It is the airport’s most used runway.
The petition also asks the commission to “investigate alternate flight paths that would require aircraft traffic to avoid flying over heavily populated residential areas (relative to the general population of Walterboro).”
With the on-going effort to market the airport as a location for aviation-related businesses and the county’s plans to expand the size of the airport’s terminal, Black said, impact of the noise on the safety, health and free exercise of religion are going to grow.
“It is going to get worse and worse. Let’s just deal with this problem now, Black said.