Friday, November 21, 2008

County pushes forward on airport amendment

Amendment to clarify existing comprehensive plan

Express Staff Writer

Blaine County may be one step closer to determining the future of Friedman Memorial Airport. On Monday, the county commissioners examined the latest five-page amendment to the airport section of the county's comprehensive plan and voted to send the document to the Planning and Zoning Commission by December, after some modifications.

The amendment is intended to guide planning of aviation-related facilities.

At Monday's meeting, the commissioners decided to limit the scope of the document to outline a general policy and direction they would like the P&Z to take.

"We could work on this for two years and keep word-smithing it," Commissioner Tom Bowman said. "My intent is to get this going to planning and zoning so they have a crack at it. This is their job to really work on it."

Commissioner Larry Schoen, however, said he wants to tweak the document before handing it over to P&Z.

"I don't want to hold it up, but I do feel that P&Z is a seven-member board that may wrestle with the same issues I am wrestling with," Schoen said. "We need a clear statement of the goals and objectives."

Commissioner Angenie McCleary agreed.

"We want to pass forward a clean version," she said. "It is almost difficult to read it clearly right now."

Over the next two weeks, Schoen will work on restructuring the document before submitting it to P&Z after Thanksgiving.

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