North Shore Aero Club’s application for Airport Authority status has drawn nearly 500 public submissions, the Ministry of Transport says.
Submissions had to be in to the Ministry by November 30 – this deadline was extended by three weeks due to the high level of interest in the community, which included a public meeting last month attended by more than 150 concerned residents.
Airport Authority status permits an organisation to make its own bylaws, which must be Government approved, and also allows compulsory acquisition of land (with approval from the Minister of Lands).
The airport’s application (HM October 14 and November 4) is opposed by Dairy Flat residents who fear expansion of the runway, with a potential effect on neighbouring properties, as well as the impact on the community if larger numbers of bigger aircraft use the facility.
The Ministry hopes to have all the submissions available to read online shortly after Christmas, or earlier if possible.
After analysing the submissions, the Ministry will provide the Minister with advice regarding the airport’s proposal.
If the Minister decides to take the proposal forward, the final decision is then made by Cabinet.