APPLETON — A zoning revamp aimed at enhancing safety at the Outagamie County Regional Airport will get another round of public informational meetings before going to a public hearing.
So said Supv. Carl Anthony, chairman of the county's zoning committee, Tuesday after the Property/Airport Committee deferred to zoning after briefly discussing the report from a study group. The study recommends a series of steps to enhance safety off the end of the Greenville airport's two main runways.
Touchmark, a W. Prospect Avenue retirement community in the Town of Menasha, is one property owner with long-range site plans that could be disrupted by the plans.
Anthony said one more set of informational meetings with the towns of Menasha and Clayton in Winnebago County and Greenville and Grand Chute in Outagamie County will take place before his committee takes final action.
Supv. Dean Culbertson, head of the Property/Airport Committee, said towns can expect more consideration this time around than when reforms were last floated in 1981.
Among more noteworthy parts of the pending airport overlay district rules are:
» A decision not to go forward with formation of a district giving the airport the authority and financial means to compensate owners of agriculture land for keeping the land in agricultural use.
The ad hoc committee that recently completed its study agreed that agricultural farmland surrounding critical areas of the airport should be preserved as agricultural land.
That's in contrast to policies at some typically large airports that allow outright purchase of land, or land banking, to prevent encroaching development beneath runway thresholds that would impinge on landings and takeoffs. The Federal Aviation Administration backs land purchases.
» A decision not to pursue an airport noise study, as those conforming to federal guidelines are expensive, requiring noise sensors to be placed to measure noise levels in neighborhoods around airports and additional staff to monitor them.
» The adoption of a "chart-like" depiction or matrix of the various types of developments permissible in various overlay zones.
» An amendment to Outagamie County's stormwater ordinance that ensures developers learn additional design features for detention ponds to minimize their attraction for large birds, like geese, which can cause crashes if ingested by jet engines.