Do NOT Expand Heber Airport

339 Signatures Goal: 673

(Underlined items are LINKS to supplemental information)

  • Whereas, decisions of this magnitude should NOT be made be a very small group of people:
  • Whereas, the Heber City Airport has operated safely for nearly 70 years and is well accepted by local residents;
    • Whereas, from 2007-2012, there were eight 'accidents,' only two with injuries,
    • Whereas, the airport can continue to be operated as a class BII operation,
    • Whereas, Heber Airport proclaims it is “The Premier Airport In Utah Serving Park City and Deer Valley," and does not exclusively serve Heber City residents;
  • Whereas, the Airport Board has declared (12/16) that “it was important to educate the public and the new Council Members on the issue concerning the airport upgrade, and that it be referred to as a safety upgrade, rather than an expansion.”
  • Whereas, the Fixed Base Operator (FBO) recently stated:“OK3 AIR would be willing to pay a one time, up front payment in the range of $300,000 to $500,000, which would be dependent on the level of certainty about the future of the airport and a reasonable FBO lease extension.”
  • Whereas, county residents have long expressed a collective desire to retain Heber Valley's rural atmosphere;
  • Whereas, many residents emphatically deny that we NEED more larger jet aircraft, with the potential for increased noise, pollution and air traffic in our protected valley bowl surrounded by mountains;
  • Whereas, the airport was formerly a primary home for gliders; it's now one of only four remaining in Utah;
    • Whereas, there is an inherent safety incompatibility between Soaring and higher speed aircraft;
  • Whereas, residents homes and property will need to be moved or purchased by Heber City and the FAA with planned expansion and upgrade of the current airport;
  • Whereas, the airport financial operation is required to be “self-sustaining,” and provides no direct financial benefit to Heber City other than property taxes;
    • Whereas, Heber City is proposing an expenditure of $300,000 for an Airport Master Plan in 2016/7 (largely FAA funded);
    • Whereas, over $3 million was recently spent to resurface the runway;
    • Whereas, Heber City is reportedly purchasing an already approved business property near the airport as part of the 'runway protection zone' (RPZ) depriving Heber City of tax revenue to be paid by that property;
    • Whereas, a 'displaced threshold' could have modified the landing (RPZ) to accommodate the business;
    • Whereas, an expenditure of $29,008,839 has been 'planned'for the Heber Airport;
    • Whereas, Heber City's share of that plan would be $1,359,084;
    • Whereas, the federal government is already trillions in debt;
  • Whereas, Heber Valley residents opposed expansion ten years ago and were successful in that opposition;
  • Whereas, most folks are quite satisfied with the status quo at the airport, which seems to be adequately and safely supporting 'aviation' in compatibility with the whole community.

Therefore, we Heber Valley Residents resolve that no 'safety upgrade' runway relocation expansion of the airport should be approved without an official vote of Heber City voters, and respectfully request Heber City Council approve a resolution to that effect.

Be it further resolved, that no further funds should be expended for studying, planning or considering any expansion, runway relocation or 'safety upgrade' to a CII Airport.

Finally, any decision on expansion will be through an affirmative vote of Heber voters.

Please signify your support in the Right Hand column:

Comments appreciated!!!!

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08/16/2007 2 Uninjured Failed to lower landing gear

08/25/2007 1 Serious Glider stall landing

06/29/2008 1 Uninjured xwind ground loop

07/29/2009 3 Uninjured Glider excess speed

11/06/2010 1 Uninjured Landed (short?)

04/23/2011 2 Uninjured Landing rollout

09/03/2011 1 Serious Helicopter, no fuel

06/24/2012 3 Uninjured Landing rollout


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Highlights

February 25
Petition has reached 250 signatures!
February 19
SO MANY EXCELLENT COMMENTS, and HERE'S ANOTHER: "There is absolutely no benefit to any resident of Wasatch County, with exception of those few people who may be directly involved with airport operations."
February 19
WHY DOESN'T HC UNDERSTAND THIS (or do the just choose to ignore it)?: "I went to meetings years ago and thought this stupid issue was long done. It would be nice if the airport board would represent the residents here. Please don't feed me the baloney about how much money people spend daily in the airport cities. IT DOESN'T HAPPEN here."
February 18
Petition has reached 200 signatures!
February 18
More good letters this week (Kelly Jarvis & Ian Harvey) We hope Ian's optimism in election promises shows results!!! These final decisions may be a while, Keep an eye on the upcoming $300,000 Master Plan and the 'multiplier' studies on 'benefits'. Remember the last push was ten years ago.
February 16
A couple of excellent letters in the Wave last week (Dave Kennamer & Ken McCarthy) Well Done, gents. Consider writing your own - and mentioning the petition!!!
February 16
AMEN to this comment: "This is a very adequate facility for the class of aircraft it was designed and gradually upgraded for. Wasatch County is under no obligation to accommodate the ever larger toys and conveniences the uber rich believe they are entitled to. We ARE obligated to do all we can to maintain the quality of CLEAN AIR, relative quiet and controlled growth that are part of the quality of life in this valley."
February 16
Great comment answering the question, should we use $30 Million in gov't funds? - "no need for the public to pay for anything to do with the airport. 99% of residents do not use it at all"
February 13
OK3Air (the "Fixed Base Operator") will present their Annual Report to Heber City on 18 Feb - Well worth reading. http://heber-ut.granicus.com/MetaViewer.php?view_id=1&event_id=179&meta_id=21543
February 11
The BREVITY & CLARITY COMMENT Award: No Taxes. Federal Gov't is out of money! "Keep the Country Country"

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  • Dianna Lindquist
    Dianna Lindquist United States, Salt Lake City
    Jun 08, 2016
    Jun 08, 2016
    An expanded and larger airport would cause unnecessary noise, pollution and life style problems for all area residents. Our little airport is sufficient for our needs. Thank you.
  • Lisa Snyder
    Lisa Snyder United States
    May 12, 2016
    May 12, 2016
    Keep it peaceful on the ground and the skies free of traffic
  • Cameron Brown
    Cameron Brown United States, Salt Lake City
    May 12, 2016
    May 12, 2016
    We do not need to expand the airport in Heber. As it is, it serves the minute portion of our population that can afford it. Expanding it isn't going to increase any benefit to us. Let's save the money and use it for the bypass!
  • Kim Kohler
    Kim Kohler United States, Heber City
    May 11, 2016
    May 11, 2016
    I moved here to get away from this sort of thing! Please let our area keep its country charm. We don't need this and don't want it!
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