Zoning Proposal Would Affect Republic Airport Runway Protection

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On August 1, the NBAA, the New York Department of Transportation, Long Island Business Aviation Association and Long Island's Republic Airport petitioned the Babylon Zoning Board of Appeals to carefully review a variance to the zoning code that would enable a retailer to build within the runway protection zone (RPZ). The NBAA reports a petition has been made by a retail store chain for a variance to the town's building code. A letter from the FAA opposing the construction of the building on the RPZ was read. Safety, security and quality of life were used as arguments against the proposal. On approach, there would be approximately 70 feet of clearance from an aircraft on glide slope to the roof of the building. The Board has yet to vote on the issue but AVweb's Biz Av will stay on top of this developing story.