Wednesday, February 2, 2011

What are goals in developing airport?

Public invited to meeting today, Feb. 2, in Sun Valley


The public is invited to attend a workshop about the development of a new regional airport that would eventually replace Friedman Memorial Airport in Hailey. The workshop will be held today, Feb. 2, from 6-8 p.m. at the Sun Valley Inn Limelight Room, Salon C, at Sun Valley Resort.

The workshop will give the public a chance to help shape the guiding principles and objectives for the design of a replacement airport. Organizers of the workshop said meeting facilitators will focus the discussion on issues directly associated with "sustainability" for a replacement airport. Comments will be taken one speaker at a time.

Representatives from the Friedman Memorial Airport Authority, Blaine County, the city of Hailey, as well as experts from the fields of architecture, planning, engineering and landscape design, plan to attend, airport officials said.

Specifically, discussion will center on "green" goals of the airport and the goals of surrounding communities. It will include topics such as calculating emissions impacts, the possible use of regional or local-based materials and craft workers, waste management and recycling at the new facility.

Currently, the preferred site for such a facility has been designated in southern Blaine County, off state Highway 75 near the Lincoln County line.

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