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Heber airport planners seek feedback on upgrade plan

Attendees at the Heber Valley Airport open house, including councilmembers Yvonne Barney (foreground, middle) and Ryan Stack (right), listen to a presentation about potential upgrades to airport facilities.
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Attendees at a Heber Valley Airport open house in September listen to a presentation about proposals to upgrade airport facilities.

Heber Valley Airport planners will host a meeting with updates on the plan to upgrade the runway and other facilities.

Heber City officials and consultants say they’re nearing the end of a years-long planning process for the private airport south of city limits. A public meeting Monday evening will focus on a proposal to shift the runway away from U.S. Highway 189 and establish larger safety buffer zones.

The planners say they want a plan that does the minimum required to comply with Federal Aviation Administration requirements.

This meeting will also include results of a recent survey to gauge public interest in the upgrade plans, which the airport commissioned and city officials reviewed, according to Airport Manager Travis Biggs.

The survey asked residents if they would rather pay hundreds more in annual property taxes or let the airport move forward with upgrades.

Some in government are considering not upgrading as required by the FAA. That would breach contracts between the airport and the FAA and potentially carry heavy financial and legal costs.

Some in the Heber Valley say they don’t want any upgrades because that would attract more airplanes. At a public meeting in September, several people voiced that opposition in outbursts during presentations and in one-on-one conversations with planners.

The meeting’s at 6 p.m. Monday at Heber Valley Elementary, 730 South 600 West. The meeting announcement says the city wants to hear more from residents.

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