Thursday, August 01, 2013

Editorial: County made the right call on airstrip - Albany, Oregon

Linn County commissioners made the right call this week when they approved a private airstrip for a property on Scravel Hill Road.

The land in question is zoned rural residential, a designation that allows airstrips. And that should have been the end of the story.

Neighbors, citing potential concerns about noise and pollution, opposed the airstrip. In response, the commissioners imposed a number of conditions, which they can do, but we thought that some of the conditions were silly.

The bottom line: The airstrip is allowed under the zoning. People should be allowed to use their land as they see fit if those uses are legal.

Commissioner Roger Nyquist suggested having the county Planning Department review whether airstrips truly are compatible with the rural residential zoning. That’s the proper way to address any overarching concerns, but in the absence of that broader review, the commissioners made the correct choice.