Resident group files suit against County over airport Master Plan

Resident group files suit against County over airport Master Plan
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CARLSBAD — A local group has filed a lawsuit against San Diego County over the McClellan-Palomar Airport Master Plan.

Citizens for a Friendly Airport announced on Nov. 30 it had filed suit in San Diego Superior Court citing several grievances. Many in the group, and some residents in Carlsbad and neighboring cities, have called the Master Plan the county’s opportunity to expand the airport.

A source of contention for residents has been the lengthening of the runway by up to 800 feet but the Master Plan does not include any proposed boundary expansion.

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted 4-0 (Supervisor Kristin Gaspar recused herself) in October to approve the plan, which included upgrading the airport’s designation to D-III, which allows for larger private jets, along with lengthening the runway up to 800 feet.

“The approved updated McClellan-Palomar Airport Master Plan appears to be nothing more than an attempt by the County of San Diego to turn McClellan-Palomar Airport into a large regional airport to offload capacity from San Diego International Airport — an objective that was hidden from the public during the entire planning process,” Hope Nelson, spokeswoman for the group, said in a press release. “Comments made by three BOS members at the Oct. 10 meeting clearly demonstrate this intention. Therefore, after great consideration, because of a lack of transparency in the planning process and deficient environmental studies, Citizens for a Friendly Airport was forced to file this lawsuit to protect the residents of North San Diego County.”

Supervisor Bill Horn was in full support of the Master Plan and said during the Oct. 10 meeting it would be cheaper for the county to approve the D-III measure, rather than continue with the current B-II designation and improvements, then having to spend more money to upgrade to the D-III.

“I have no problem with either option. I’ve always wanted it longer,” Horn said of the runway. “This is an important asset to the county.”

Carlsbad submitted two comment letters regarding the proposed master plan and draft environmental impact report (DEIR) over the past several months. The city also hired an outside legal firm earlier this year to assist with the master plan comments and any potential litigation from the city.

“In response to the county’s master plan … Carlsbad residents have voiced concerns and identified priorities concerning airport operations and facilities,” Mayor Matt Hall said at the Oct. 10 meeting. “The city’s comments reflect the concerns of our community and seeking commitment form the county seeking accountability to the residents of Carlsbad.”

4 Comments
  1. Addie 2 weeks ago

    Matt Hall speaks with forked tongue. Now he says he’s concerned about US. What about what he said at the last BOS meeting and what he’s been saying all along the last few years? You can’t have it both ways especially when we know he’s been having conversations with Horn and others on this very topic.

  2. Hollie 2 weeks ago

    What sort of obsessed person would continually bother posting babble like this? “Matt Hall speaks with forked tongue. Now he says he’s concerned about US.” The voters of Carlsbad re-elected the Mayor by a significant margin. Whatever Addie is selling did not resonate with 55% of the electorate. That is not opinion, it’s just fact. There will be solid reasons to debate and discuss things soon enough. Digging for reasons to blast Matt each time the name comes up, reeks of vendetta Considering the election has just ended, is there any chance we can get a cease-fire until the New Year?

  3. Addie 1 week ago

    Hall lost the election. did you not notice the council will now be 3-2 against his developer money controlled agenda? If you don’t like what I have to say, then don’t read it. 55% of Carlsbad may have voted for Hall but as you may have noticed, 55% of anything means very little these days when it comes to politics. I have no personal vendetta against Hall. I just think he needs to retire already and stop trying to enrich himself from his position (and stop making it easier for his pals to enrich themselves as well). sorry if you disagree or if you happen to be one of his pals. Running a dirty campaign full of lies courtesy of a bogus Independent Expenditure group funded by developers certainly didn’t help Hall look “transparent” did it?

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