“We’re here to make sure that (community) growth does not encroach on what the army does,” said Liz Drake, senior associate planner with EDAW, Inc., a San Francisco-based architecture and environmental consulting firm. “But we also want to make sure that army does not encroach on the community. You’re affecting them and they’re affecting you.”
Eight people came to the meeting on Monday. This included Judge-Executive Stan Humphries, magistrates Larry Lawrence and Lacy Bush, Kentucky Department of Highways employee Allen Thomas and media representatives. Drake, whose office is in Atlanta, said that the Joint Use Land Study, on which she is working, is not a binding document such as a comprehensive plan or zoning, but will be used to make recommendations to the military and surrounding county governments.
Noise is one of the major compatibility issues that the army must deal with regularly, Drake said. Anything above 60 decibels is considered a high-noise zone. She discussed this in connection to the possibility of “real estate disclosure.” She said that some governments practice this and some don’t. The purpose is to make sure that people understand the consequences of living close to a military base. People who already live close to the installation might be used to military noise, but people moving from elsewhere might not know what they are getting into, she said.
Drake also discussed aviation training as an issue that might cause problems in surrounding communities. She pointed to some areas on a map of Fort Campbell, mostly in Christian County, known as “red zones,” where flight takes place most. She said that although aviation accidents are unlikely, they would be most likely to occur in these areas.
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