Airport compatible land use proposals The future of property values is at stake for residences adjacent to the airports that are within the area of the proposed regulations for airport compatible land use. The regulation proposes to control the use of land by a system of three tiers extending out from the perimeter of the airports. Each tier will have a different impact on land use in that particular area. The purpose is to protect the population from noise and protect the airport from land use that could impact the airport. A public hearing with the City of Houston Airport Commission was held on Aug. 21, 2008 to address the concerns of citizens living adjacent to the three airports that serve Houston. The City of Houston has proposed new regulations for compatible land use around the airports. The proposals are based on federal law as the airports receive grants from the Federal Aviation Administration that require the City to assure that appropriate actions are taken to restrict land use adjacent to the airports. A handful of residents attended the public hearing; those wishing to speak had only two minutes to express their opinion of the proposal. Three residents, including Mike Cothran from the Coalition of Homeowners Alliance Requiring Government Equity expressed his concerns to the airport commission. Brenda Taylor, a resident of North Hollow in Humble said, “When we relocated here, we made a decision to not live in the City of Houston. Our decision to live in Humble was based upon not wanting to be governed by a large city. Now after 25 years, the City of Humble has turned its back on its residents and allowed the City of Houston to zone us.” Although understanding the need for the City of Houston to control future growth around Bush Intercontinental Airport, Taylor adamantly disagrees with the City’s decision to place exceptions on her property. Houston City CouncilMember Mike Sullivan, representing District E that touches Bush Intercontinental, Hobby and Ellington Field, which lies wholly in his district, spoke at the hearing. “For Bush Airport, Continental Airlines CEO Larry Kellner once told me that over 2,500 Continental employees live in Kingwood. Continental is on record in support of the proposed land use regulations,” he said. Sullivan said he has had a handful of unofficial meetings with various members and the leadership of the Humble Area Chamber of Commerce. With respect to Bush Airport, the comments have generally been positive. The greatest concern is the effect that the proposed regulations would have on the intended expansion of Memorial Herman Hospital Northeast. “Now, however, I would like to make some personal comments regarding the proposed regulations.  I strongly urge that the Board of Adjustments be a fair and impartial body and that it not be heavy-handed or make impersonal or arbitrary decisions.  Be mindful of the 85-year old widow, the elderly who live on fixed incomes, someone who inherits a property, the blue-collar employee, or someone who just doesn’t want to have to comply with new building code if it is their own personal residence.  I cannot emphasize how important it is to be fair to the public when they come before you,” Sullivan concluded. The next public hearing on the proposed regulations for airport compatible land use for Bush Intercontinental, Hobby and Ellington Airports will be held Monday, Sept. 29 at 6 p.m. For more information and maps of the areas proposed for regulation, go to www.fly2houston.com under “Proposed Airport Compatible Land Use Regulations” or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 281-233-1366. Photo: (Top) Mike Cothran of CHARGE addresses the City of Houston Airport Commission regarding the proposed land use regulations. (Bottom) City Councilman Mike Sullivan and Pastor Jerry Martin discuss the proposed tier boundaries surrounding Bush Intercontinental Airport. Photos by Bonnie McKenna

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