Wednesday: Atherton examines drainage study, aircraft noise


Updates on storm water running through Atherton and aircraft noise happening above are on the agenda for the Wednesday, Sept. 2, meeting of the City Council.

The council meeting begins at 4 p.m. in the council chambers at 94 Ashfield Road.

On the drainage issues, the council will hear a status report by the community services director.

As for aircraft noise, the town is considering what to say in response to a comment period on an updated plan for San Carlos Airport, generally whether the plan reflects current realities around use of the airport, Councilman Michael Lempres said.

The Airport Land Use Compatibility Plan is currently under review by the City/County Association of Governments in San Mateo County.

There are no effective avenues for interacting with airport officials over complaints about noise and being taken seriously, Mr. Lempres said. "We're trying to figure out the best way to deal with that," he said.

The town is considering another community event at Holbrook-Palmer Park to bring all the stakeholders together, Mr. Lempres said, a list that includes the Federal Aviation Administration, San Francisco and San Carlos airports, and the Surf Air commuter service that flies in and out of San Carlos.

"Unless we really make a point to be heard, we're not going to be heard," he said.

— Dave Boyce

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Posted by Pat
a resident of Portola Valley: Westridge
on Sep 1, 2015 at 1:08 pm

I hope that a solution is found to stop the airplane noise. It is not only the noise of one plane, but the noise when more than one plane is overhead, and the fact that the noise is all day, every day. The late night and very early morning flights disrupt residents' sleep, mine for one. (My dog now hides under the bed in fear from the noise.) I really do not understand this sudden need to direct flights in a comparatively narrow corridor in this area. The FAA claims that the noise level is acceptable. No, it's not. Perhaps echos around the hills magnify the noise more than in the flat part of Atherton where the FAA did its self-serving tests. Regardless, the noise and number of flights is intolerable.

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