Wednesday, June 16, 1999

Proposed housing, runway raise concerns

Boone leaders also hear Burlington plan

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        BURLINGTON — Members of the Boone County Fiscal Court questioned the wisdom Tuesday of placing a housing development less than a mile from a proposed 8,000-foot runway at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport.

        The 45-acre development of 140 single-family homes would lie as close as 1,400 feet from the airport's pro posed north-south runway. Commissioner Cathy Flaig asked how people would be made aware of the proposed runway when considering buying the houses.

        “If people buy these homes, are you going to advise them of the noise condition?” she asked Planning Commission Director Kevin Costello. “They're going to be sitting really close to this.”

        Mr. Costello said the fiscal court could require the developer to include notification of the proposed runway in the deed, thus informing any future buyers of the airport's expansion.

        Members of the fiscal court also discussed a proposal to rezone a 29-acre lot on Conrad Lane and Orient Street in Burlington for higher residential density to allow construction of 228 town houses.

        While the land surrounding the site is mainly zoned for low-density residential development, with one house for every one-half to one acre, the higher zoning would allow up to eight dwellings per acre. The pro posed development has about 7.85 units per acre.

        Although the site lies is near Burlington Elementary School, Mr. Costello said the proposed development would not have a large impact on the school.

        “Town houses generate fewer kids,” Mr. Costello said. “It was indicated to us that because of the price range, mainly single adults or adults who are married and have grown kids will live here.”

        Actions on both proposals would follow public hearings.


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