Sunday, November 29, 2015 / 7:30 a.m.
I have found the Supervisorial newsletter published by Santa Cruz County Supervisor John Leopold to be a reliable source of information on key land use issues affecting Santa Cruz County generally, as well as those specifically affecting the First District, which Supervisor Leopold represents on the Board of Supervisors.
Most recently, Supervisor Leopold provided some very helpful information to those concerned about airplane noise related to the relatively recent modifications to flight patterns made by the Federal Aviation Administration, or FAA. There are LOTS of people affected by these changes, and this is actually a national problem, not just a local one. In order to make airplane transportation more energy efficient, the FAA has adopted a “Next GEN” set of rules that have resulted in some significant shifts in flight patterns. Noise complaints have proliferated, and I’m personally convinced that the complaints are justified. Congress Members Sam Farr and Anna Eshoo are definitely taking them seriously.
If you want to learn more, or would like to know whom to contact, if you are being personally affected by recent changes in flight patterns, check out today’s Land Use Report blog at kusp.org/landuse. I am relaying Supervisor Leopold’s references, and that will get you up to date on this significant issue.