Opposition Urged To Centennial Housing Plan

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The National Business Aviation Association is asking members (and presumably anyone else who might be affected) to write the mayor and council of Centennial, Colo., to oppose a plan to build 1,600 homes less than half a mile from the busy runways at Centennial Airport (KAPA). A developer is asking the city to annex property within the airport's restricted development area and rezone it to allow the houses, trails, recreation areas and a retail center. "The project would severely affect the airport's long-term economic impact on the city and county, as well as create the environment for numerous noise complaints," NBAA says in a letter to members. There's not much time. The matter is on the agenda for a March 5 meeting. That discussion will be preliminary. Council will discuss a pre-annexation agreement that, if approved, would keep the development process alive." But NBAA says that process should be stopped to preserve an important aviation and economic resource. "Currently the airport generates close to a billion dollars of total economic impact for the area," the letter says, citing stats from the Colorado Department of Transportation.