Stop Livermore Airport Expansion that includes new FBO & B737s. Reduce small plane noise.

Stop Livermore Airport Expansion that includes new FBO & B737s. Reduce small plane noise.

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Livermore Municipal Airport is a small airport nestled between the towns of Pleasanton, Dublin and Livermore. Over the past several years air traffic has steadily increased and especially so in 2020.

On 02/08/21 Livermore airport commission unanimously approved Kaiser Air's charter service of B737s (a new Fixed Based Operator) to operate out of Livermore along with further expansion of the airport. This adds new hangars, maintenance facilities etc which allows B737s to be stationed at the airport. Once these facilities are built per FAA law no restrictions can be placed on number of flights, hours etc. What is starting as a few flights per week can easily evolve to hundreds. The noise abatement curfew hours between 22:000 - 6:00 is not mandatory but "voluntary" and any operator can not abide by it with no repercussions. This greatly increases concerns of neighbors who are already worried about high level of low altitude flights over their neighborhoods. 

Certain neighborhoods of Dublin, Livermore and Pleasanton seem to be in the take off or landing approaches to the airport.  With increasing air traffic more and more planes are not compliant with the previously agreed upon flight path resulting in noise throughout the day (sometimes starting as early as 6 AM). (https://www.cityoflivermore.net/citygov/pw/public_works_divisions/airport/services/noise.htm#:~:text=Please%20call%20us%20at%20(925,questions%20or%20desire%20additional%20information.)  Weekends are far worse with constant noise throughout the day. In addition to noise many aircraft also fly at low altitudes over homes. The take off and landing path also seems be over schools in Dublin and Pleasanton. This results not only in an unsafe situation in case of emergencies but also increasingly distracting to students many of whom already have lower level of focus due to remote/hybrid learning.

Livermore noise complaint line is not manned and the noise line/online site also places undue burden on the residents to report not just the time and location but also requests plane type, license plate/tail number etc. For a resident who is not aviation savvy this is a difficult task. Also the airport does not look at total number of complaints. They look at number of complaints and the number of different people that complained. This means that unless the entire community is actively reporting noise nothing can be done, again an unfair burden on the residents impacted.

After talking to the Livermore Airport Noise Complaint department and their Airport division manager we have discovered that a noise study has not been conducted for the past 6 years (Although one is suggested every 2 years).The new one is planned to take place in April. Residents of several areas of Dublin, Livermore and Pleasanton request that the areas below included in the study and they are informed of the study and flight patterns/frequency are not changed during the study  

These areas affected are as follows

1) Pleasanton Meadows 2) California Terrace 3) Walnut Glen 4) Stoneridge 5) Pleasanton Village 6) Del Prado 7) The Gates 8) Dublin Ranch 9) Jordan Ranch 10) Montage 11) Copper Hill 12) Isabel Avenue area 13) Somerset 14) C.A. Ranch 15) Sun Valley 16) Al Caffadio Park 17) May Nissen Park 18) The Reserve 19) Vista Meadows 20) Montrose 21) Arroyo Las Positas 22) Town square 23) Positano 24) Wallis Ranch

The neighbors in Dublin, Livermore and Pleasanton are requesting the following

1)  No further expansion of Livermore airport that results in additional fixed base operators/large jet operations. Specifically stop the expansion of LVK airport. Let it remain a small plane terminal. 

2) A plan to ensure safety of people living in Dublin, Livermore and Pleasanton. Safety in air and on ground is a priority and a plan is needed especially in case of emergency situation with planes. With the new expansion plans we will have B737s flying right over our homes and schools on a more regular basis!!!

3) As far as possible to follow the previously agreed upon map for take off and landing for small planes which clearly shows neighborhoods in Pleasanton, Dublin and Livermore to avoid. This seems to be followed very inconsistently and sporadically. 

4) A plan to limit the amount of planes training right over the neighborhoods of Pleasanton, Dublin and Livermore mentioned above, especially at low altitudes. Several planes perform multiple touch and go maneuvers repeatedly, leading to constant circling over the neighborhoods. 

5) A revised plan for noise abatement which is developed working with the impacted residents. Current noise abatement plan is no longer effective especially during school hours.

We understand many aviation enthusiasts are passionate about flying and more flights are a part of growth in the region. We would like to be supportive to small plane operators and work on a community outreach program so that aviation enthusiasts can work with residents to develop a plan for items 3) through 5). This way pilots can continue enjoying their small planes and the neighborhood can continue be safe and pleasant. 

New FBOs (Fixed Based Operations) would drive significantly higher air traffic in the area, lower property values, increase noise & air pollution, raise safety concerns and significantly lower quality of life in the tri-valley area. Thus we are requesting the city of Livermore (council and planning commission) to not approve any more FBOs at LVK airport.

A broader discussion with city council of all three cities (Pleasanton, Dublin and Livermore) is necessary to figure out a solution. 

*To ensure that the credibility of the petition is maintained please only sign if you are a resident of theTri-valley (Dublin, Pleasanton, Livermore area). We truly appreciate everyone's support but having signatures from people not in the Tri-valley will be used against this petition when final reviews are made.  Thank you for understanding.

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Useful links: 

www.livermoreairportnoise.org 

https://www.independentnews.com/news/opposition-to-airport-expansion-grows/article_f2ccde1e-821f-11eb-ae0e-8743c9d15be0.html

https://www.cityoflivermore.net/citygov/pw/public_works_divisions/airport/services/noise.htm#:~:text=Please%20call%20us%20at%20(925,questions%20or%20desire%20additional%20information 

https://m.facebook.com/117271673731719/posts/117297850395768/?d=n

https://www.independentnews.com/news/airport-commission-approves-project-for-charter-airplanes/article_86c7524c-6c41-11eb-bed3-a343ac9c1ce0.html

https://www.independentnews.com/mailbox/we-don-t-want-737s-landing-in-livermore/article_624adada-71a8-11eb-9173-c75631573ec0.html

https://nextdoor.com/news_feed/?post=176647515&comment=547369783&is=notification_center

https://nextdoor.com/news_feed/?post=176835047&comment=547317837&is=notification_center

https://nextdoor.com/news_feed/?post=171404702&comment=547380550&is=notification_center

 

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