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EIR released on Sonoma County airport expansion

By STEVE HART
THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

Sonoma County on Friday released a draft environmental report on a proposed $84 million expansion of Charles M. Schulz-Sonoma County Airport.

The proposed $84 million dollar renovation of the Charles M. Schulz Sonoma County Airport includes longer runways, a new control tower and new terminal. (John Burgess / PD)

The county wants to extend and reconfigure the airport’s two runways, replace the passenger terminal, relocate the air traffic control tower, expand airport buffer zones and make other improvements.

The projects would be completed between 2015 and 2030 and most of the cost would be paid from federal aviation funds.

The county will hold an informational open house on the project Aug. 15 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Wells Fargo Center for the Arts in Santa Rosa.

The county planning commission will hold a meeting on the plan at 6 p.m. on Sept.  1 at the Windsor High School Theater.

The deadline for public comments is Sept. 19.

The environmental report can be viewed at local libraries and the airport’s website, www.sonomacountyairport.org.





5 Responses to “EIR released on Sonoma County airport expansion”

  1. Pearl Alquileres says:

    With S&P just throwing a big fat wrench in the gears of the FED’s printing press, I wouldn’t be counting on too much free money coming from the FEDs in the coming years….

  2. Steveguy says:

    Good luck getting the money. And did you know that the reconfiguration is because of the want to extend a runway. The FAA requires a reconfigure, because of a human error a few decades ago at a southern airport. Like all the new lanes on freeways have to be diamond lanes, same thing.

    A runway extension and larger terminal makes sense, but the total costs balloon 10 times over due to the mandates. Sad but true.

    By the way, why was the chicken poop plant for the Water Agency’s EIR rubber stamped, when Sonoma chased it away ? Shortest EIR review ever in my experience.

    I live near the Airport, and love the planes. I sure hope the chicken poop plant doesn’t stink.

  3. Randy C. says:

    Uh, lets see.

    Didn’t the County just claim that they didn’t have the money to main all the public roads in the County?

    Answer: Yes, they did.

    Clearly, we need Standard & Poor to come in here and evaluate the stupidity at work with the Board of Supervisors. They seek to continue big spending even though they claim they’re engaging in budget “cuts.”

  4. BigDogatPlay says:

    There is no way that the county should count on $84, let alone $84 million. Assuming that the federal budget finally comes under some deeper and more intense scrutiny one of the things I expect to be on the block is the massive subsidies that FAA pours into rural airports.

    Now the argument can be made, easily, that Horizon’s success operating through Santa Rosa as measured by passenger counts is solid, the smaller services that serve countless little towns around the country will tumble. When those go, money for our airport will go away as well.

    The fountain of federal money is, at long last, going to have to be turned down, if not turned off in some cases.

  5. Steve Klausner says:

    “most of the cost would be paid from federal aviation funds.”

    That might not be happening when Congress gets done with the FAA.