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Ward 10 News: Residential Concerns Regarding New Airport Runway

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Our office has received several calls and emails from residents in Ward 10 voicing their concerns around the increased air traffic and associated noise since the opening of the new airport runway.

The Airport Authority held three public consultation meetings in 2010 for the new runway.  Councillor Chabot attended all of them and expressed his concerns at that time with the identified Noise Exposure Forecast Contours (NEF) being shorter than the ones on the old runway. Since the new runway is much longer and will likely have larger aircraft landing and taking off from it, he was concerned that this might have a greater impact on the surrounding residential communities. He expressed his concerns with both the Airport Authority and with the federal government representative for Calgary-East.

As the Airport Authority falls under federally legislated regulation, Municipal Noise Bylaws cannot be imposed on a higher order of government.

At the July 21st Council meeting, Councillor Jones and Councillor Chabot brought up the noise concerns related to the new runway. They asked the City lawyers to draft a letter requesting the Airport Authority to enter into a good-neighbour agreement limiting early and late hour use of the runway.

Since it is Transport Canada that directs and manages aircraft, flight paths and airports, concerns must be directed to Member of Parliament, Deepak Obhrai. It is only the Federal government who has the authority to request a review into flight paths and the NEF-Contours.

His contact details are below:

Member of Parliament for Calgary East, Deepak Obhrai
Phone:   403-207-3030

You may also wish to contact the Airport Operations Concern hotline at 403-735-1408, to voice your concerns with the runway and have them registered.

Councillor Chabot will continue to investigate and express concerns on behalf of the Ward 10 communities.

This content represents the personal views and opinions of the Ward Councillor and should not be taken as a statement of policy of The City of Calgary. The inclusion of any external content does not imply endorsement by The City of Calgary.

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