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Public Comment Time!
Sat, Oct 27, 2018 - 12:11 AM

Stand Up for our communities on Monday October 29th, 6:30 PM!

Join us to stand up for our communities at the FAA public hearing on the Supplemental Environmental Assessment for scheduled commercial flights at Paine Field. The Public Information Workshop/Public Hearing will be held Monday, Oct. 29, 2018 at the Lynnwood Convention Center, at 3711 196th St SW, Lynnwood, WA 98036, from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM, with the Public Hearing portion beginning at 6:30 PM.

Acceptance of the Supplemental Assessment has a huge impact for our communities. We need you to show up and give public comment to be on the record in opposition to the incomplete, flawed assessment. If you don't feel comfortable speaking, come and help make our collective presence known. You also have until November 2nd to submit written comments.

The fix is in and we cannot stop commercial flights at Paine Field, but we must make our voices heard! Remember, any amount of money required for mitigation of the negative impacts not paid for by Propeller will be paid by us, the taxpayers.

Please attend Monday's hearing and also consider speaking in opposition to this round of "death by a thousand cuts". The FAA and County have this set up to allow incremental growth over time with the predictable finding of "no significant impacts" associated with starting and growing scheduled service. The FAA/County approach fails to identify all the impacts and mitigation measures that need to be implemented. They need to fully comply with the letter and spirit of the law requiring a comprehensive and objective assessment of all impacts. We need to point that out...again!

If you choose to speak on Monday night, here are our suggestions:

1. Sign up to speak, and your name will be called in the order you signed up.

2. Identify yourself, and if you're commenting on behalf of a group, name the organization you represent.

3. Be clear about what you oppose and what your concerns are. Here are some suggestions:

  • First, form your points into questions to force them to answer (they will not answer Monday, but will address questions in written form)
  • Why wasn't a more comprehensive EIS conducted given the magnitude of this change (they conducted a streamlined Environmental Assessment and a Supplemental without any public input on the scope of study)
  • Why only hold one public hearing when so many less impactful projects today hold multiple public hearings to ensure public input?
  • What criteria defines what a significant impact is? It is obvious to the majority of impacted citizens that starting scheduled commercial service at Paine Field (or any airport) will produce many impacts that will grow as scheduled service grows.
  • What assurances are there that the cumulative impacts of all scheduled service will be assessed with any increase in operations?
  • We will definitely make the above points so either repeat them in your own words or pick your key issues and ask specific questions about how they concluded no significant impacts to your issues of concern: schools, traffic, noise, home value reduction leading to increased tax rates to cover less tax revenue, loss of home equity, conversion of home ownership to rentals, airport type of unwanted businesses generating unwanted activities and more public services and costs and so many more.
4. Speak from your own experience and perspective.
5. Use your time well. Comments will likely be limited to 3 to 5 minutes per person.
6. Be respectful and courteous.

If you prefer to submit written comments, all written comments may be provided at the Public Information Workshop/Public Hearing or submitted to or to the following address through Nov. 2, 2018:
Environmental Science Associates
Paine Field Supplemental EA
5309 Shilshole Ave NW, Suite 200
Seattle, WA 98107

Thank you for your public service!

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