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August 01, 2013

DFW Airport opposes Irving residential project to be built near runway

Dallas/Fort Worth Airport opposes a new residential project that may be built close to its east runways.

The airport board learned about a developer's plans to build 669 homes, valued between $350,000 and $500,000, on 163 acres that is being considered for approval by the Irving City Council next week. Some of the homes on the western side of the project, which is located south of Highway 114 and west of Belt Line Road, will be less than 600 feet from arriving and departing aircraft.

"Not only is [the housing project] going to experience arrivals and departures but also jet fuel odors and thrust reverses," said Sandy Lancaster, assistant vice-president in the airport's environmental affairs department.

The airport already protested the project at Irving's planning and zoning board meeting which did not approve the project and sent it on to the city council for review, Lancaster said. Forward Air, a freight forwarding company that is located near the proposed project has also objected to it. 

If the city approves the project, Lancaster said the airport will encourage Irving to require 25 decibel noise attentuation to all the parcels and include avigation easments on each lot for full disclosure to buyers of the homes.

Here is a video the airport staff shot of the airplanes flying near the proposed development and click here to view the presentation staff gave at the board meeting on Thursday.

-Andrea Ahles



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