Wednesday, October 1, 2003

Warren airport growth gets OK

By Erica Solvig
The Cincinnati Enquirer

LEBANON - Expansion at the Warren County Airport should begin by the end of the year.

County commissioners on Tuesday approved a preliminary site plan for new hangars and office warehouses at the Turtlecreek Township airstrip.

Their approval came with several conditions, including one that addressed adjacent homeowners' concerns with water runoff.

A vote on the plan was pushed off last week after residents questioned drainage plans, runway lighting and potential safety issues.

"It's not quite like building a landfill, but when you build something like this, it's going to affect some neighbors," Commissioner Mike Kilburn said. "A lot of these things have been compromises. ... But the big picture is kind of there. I think we've got a good footprint here."

Airport officials say it could take 10 to 15 years to finish the entire project, which proposes more than 15 corporate and smaller "T-hangars," extending private roadways and a new taxiway.

The plan, which was approved by the county's regional planning commission, does not include a longer runway.

Residents' chief concern Tuesday was water runoff. County officials required that drainage basins be in place before any hangars or warehouses are used.

The county also must approve more specific plans before any construction.


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