Mather Airport Expansion and Possible Adverse Affects
Did you pay Natomas area home prices (community around the Sacramento International airport) for your home in El Dorado Hills? Are you looking for your home prices to further fall to that of the area around Sacramental International airport? This is just one of many factors to consider when reading the below as to the current proposal that is being put forth that needs your and our input! Please read on as this affects everyone in the area of El Dorado Hills!
Sacramento County has been proposing and undertaking an expansion of Mather Airport. The expansion would include lengthening of the runways to accommodate a significant increase in Air Cargo traffic and turn Mather into an International Air Cargo Hub.
Recently, several individuals attended the Folsom City Council meeting update on the Mather field expansion project. The city of Folsom has retained a law firm to guide them through this process, and the law firm then reported out to the audience.
The current plan places the primary Instrument guided landing approach directly over the Green Valley Road Corridor. Please write the Sacramento Board of Supervisors before Oct. 7th expressing your concerns about any additional aircraft noise above our communities. Comments need to be sent to DERA@saccounty.net by October 7, 2012.
Notes from the meeting show that the Mather expansion plans call for:
- New hangars and facilities to accommodate substantial additional cargo.
- Lengthening the second runway to accommodate additional air traffic.
- Upgrading the main runway to ILS category III, which allows flights to operate in poor weather.
- Up to 40 low flights per hour capacity 24/7/365 days per year.
- The Draft EIR has been published and it shows *no significant effect* on noise levels (Imagine 40 flights per hour over our communities!)
- Most of the increased traffic at Mather field will be older cargo aircraft which pose more of a noise issue than current aircraft.
- The FAA makes it almost impossible to put quotas, curfews, etc on flights if and once plans are approved.
- The Draft EIR claims that the existing noise level of aircraft is less than the ambient noise levels in the communities. (This is certainly not true in our neighborhood).
- Sac International can already handle this air traffic, and is in a location where there is little development around it. The EIR rejected this as an alternative
Members of the Folsom City Council and the El Dorado Community Alliance strongly urge everyone to send in communications before the Oct. 7 deadline. Please forward this email communication to your family members and friends in the community of El Dorado Hills. Each communication the County receives of concern will become part of public record. Any questions raised about the EIR must be followed up by Sacramento County. Once the EIR / Master plan is approved, we will have virtually no say in how air traffic is managed over our communities. Please pull comments from this communication as well as adding your own comments from personal experiences with regards to aircraft noise and pollution and send in your concerns.
Again, comments must go to the Sacramento Board of Supervisors (DERA@saccounty.net) no later than Oct 7, 2012.
Thank you and Regards
Cheryl McDougal sent on behalf of the Green Valley Community Alliance