Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Dawson Creek Regional Airport will undergo tree rezoning: British Columbia, Canada

The City of Dawson Creek plans to remove a substantial amount of trees from the east side of the airport due the height of them encroaching on federally regulated zones.

The City is required to remove a substantial amount of trees currently located within the protected airspace of the Dawson Creek Regional Airport

"It’s a regulation out at the airport obstacle of limitations Transport Canada put it in place when we originally built the airport at that time the trees weren't that tall they probably weren't even in existence at that time," Ian Darling, airport manager said.

Council approved a recommendation from the airport manager to remove trees on the west end of the airport property and in the fairgrounds that have grown into the restricted zone.

"I had a survey done because there was a lot of construction being done around here and there's lots of building's being built so I wanted to make sure that that we weren't in contravention of the OLS, and low and behold we found that the trees were so we have to mitigate that," he said.

Darling further explains that the height limitation varies depending on the location; with the airport zoning is split into 3 designated areas.

"The east end of the airport is not affected the trees are well under the heights the west end of the airport both the transition zone and the approach slope are both affected and it's trees located on either side of the runaway and into the fairgrounds," Darling added.

A request for quotations has been issued for the removal of the trees to be completed by September 3rd, with every effort to be made to keep the area in an esthetically pleasing condition.

"It's actually all city land that's being affected by it so I mean the fairground is used by the exhibition association so of course they're going to be affected because the trees are a part of their fair grounds, I think the city's probably going to end up having some sort of plan in place to do some mitigation there too at the end," Darling concluded.

Source:   http://www.cjdccountry.com