Place new runways in a position that does not increase the noise level over Kingwood. Also, establish glide path height restrictions that protect the property values in all neighborhoods surrounding the airport.
Why this is important:
The economic vitality of George Bush Intercontinental Airport affects the economic vitality of Kingwood. The airport is the largest employer in our area. Many of our residents work for airlines, shipping companies and other companies that serve the airport. We understand the need of the airport to grow and support it.
At the same time, we are sensitive to quality of life issues. Airplanes can be deafening during takeoffs and landings. Establishing glide paths over less populated or commercial areas can minimize this disturbance. Establishing minimum height restrictions that planes must maintain as they descend into the airport will also help. Restricting takeoffs and landings during night-time hours will help ensure residents can sleep.
The FAA and City of Houston should decide on a course of action that allows Kingwood residents to sleep at night and enjoy the outdoors during the day.
For an in-depth look at airport expansion issues, see www.iah-eis.org.