Laurelhurst Community Club
Serving 2800 Households in Seattle’s Laurelhurst Neighborhood

July 25, 2001

Mike Ranta, President
Seattle Council on Airport Affairs
3213 West Wheeler Street, PMB 146
Seattle, Washington 98199

RE: SCAA Noise Resolution

Dear Mike,

At its June 11, 2001 meeting, the Laurelhurst Community Club Board of Trustees unanimously endorsed the Seattle Council on Airport resolution calling for noise issues affecting Seattle's residential communities to be adequately addressed and development of a noise reduction plan acceptable to affected communities prior to expansion of Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. Our neighbors are confronted with an increasing level of aircraft noise. This contributes to sleep disturbance, increasing stress levels and adverse impacts on the cardiovascular and endocrine systems. The time for governmental agencies to address these noise issues is well overdue.

We included an article in our July community newsletter about our support of your resolution. We hope you will keep us informed regarding your efforts to reduce noise and secure the cooperation of the various governmental entities.

As a member of the Seattle Council of Airport Affairs, we are pleased to support your efforts.

Sincerely,


Jeannie Hale, President
3425 West Laurelhurst Drive NE
Seattle, Washington 98105
525-5135 / FAX 525-9631
jeannieh@serv.net


Laurelhurst Community Club
Endorsement of Seattle Council on Airport Affairs Resolution

Whereas aircraft noise from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport operations has reached unacceptable levels in many of Seattle's communities;

Whereas the FAA has determined that increasing air traffic volumes will require shortening curfew hours (currently 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.), resulting in more flights and aircraft noise during nighttime (10 p.m. to 7 a.m.) over residential neighborhoods;

Whereas the Port of Seattle is seeking to increase the capacity of Seattle-Tacoma International Airport resulting in flight track changes and increased flights over Seattle's residential areas;

Whereas the FAA has concluded that it is not feasible to increase the usage of the established Duwamish/Elliott Bay Noise Abatement Corridor;

Whereas the FAA and the Port of Seattle have yet to implement the use of Global Positioning System (GPS) technology for arrivals, as was part of the mitigation agreement for the four-post plan;

Therefore Be It Resolved that Seattle's elected and appointed public officials request a moratorium on the expansion of Seattle-Tacoma International Airport until the aircraft noise issues affecting Seattle's residential communities are adequately addressed, and a plan for noise reduction has been developed and accepted by affected communities;

That our elected and appointed public officials request an extension of the curfew hours for departures, from the current 10 p.m. - 6 a.m., to 9 p.m. - 7 a.m., to minimize sleep disturbance to residents, especially children;

That our elected and appointed public officials insist there be maximum utilization of the Duwamish/Elliott Bay Noise Abatement Corridor, and that flight tracks for arrivals and departures be reconfigured to accomplish this;

That our elected and appointed public officials advocate for a commission to determine a location for a new regional airport and that there be no further expenditure of money to increase the capacity of Seattle-Tacoma International Airport until such commission has completed its study;

Be It Further Resolved that the Seattle City Council, the Mayor of Seattle, the King County Executive, the King County Council, the Port of Seattle Commissioners, the Puget Sound Regional Council, the local State Legislators, and other elected and appointed public officials convey to the Washington State Congressional delegation our serious concern that the FAA has failed to adequately consider the impact of its policies on the residents of Seattle, and request our United States Senators and Representatives to advocate for the above actions.

Adopted June 9, 2001


Jeannie Hale, President
3425 West Laurelhurst Drive NE
Seattle, Washington 98105
525-5135 / FAX 525-9631
jeannieh@serv.net


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