After years of working with the developer, and some helpful modifications along the way, the Draft Environmental Impact Review is out for the proposed development next door. There are still houses planned right in the approach.
According to the review that would have "no significant impact". I suppose that's correct if you don't count hitting a house on your downwind.
Public comment runs through Sept 15 and we would like to ask each of you to write a letter of comment and help preserve our site. We've drafted some sample letters, but they're just a start point. Write of how the site affects you; your first flight, the times you've spent here, the international reputation of Andy Jackson. Please ask the city to keep homes out of the approach and have the airspace dedicated to the Department of Water Resources. They own the land we lease for the LZ and are tied to us through the licensing of the Devil's Canyon project.
The good news is that we are impacted by a small number of homes on one of the extreme corners of the development. There is 58% open space on the 404 acre site. We just need the city and the developer to shift a few of those acres into the approach.
Much more information is available at: http://www.crestlinesoaring.org/UniversityHills
Please put your thoughts in the mail to the City. NOW is the best time to comment.
President, Crestline Soaring Society