Second Group Also Preparing Legal Action
NIMBYs living within a few miles of Charlotte-Douglas
International Airport in North Carolina (KCLT) aren't messing
around when it comes to protesting the disruptions to their lives
caused by the opening of a fourth runway in February of last year.
WSOC-TV reports that 48 of them have banded together, retained
attorney Tommy Odom, and filed a lawsuit against the airport,
seeking compensation for the impact on the values of their
Odom tells the station, "The noise, the vibrations, the air
quality and all of those things put together -- it causes serious
disruptions in their life, and that results in the decrease of
their property value."
The continued growth of the Charlotte area, now at over two
million population, has led to increased traffic over the years.
The metro has been a popular relocation destination for former
residents of rust belt cities in the northeast, and its economy
benefits from a location on the I-85 corridor.
WSOC reports some residents claim their property values have
fallen as much as 25 percent due to the runway. But the station
says it checked official records from the county tax assessor, and
found the values of some of the properties involved have risen by
as much as $30,000.
Vince Salazar, who lives in the affected area, tells the station
the lawsuit is a waste of time. "They're a little loud, but not
that loud," he says.
The South Charlotte News reports a second lawsuit is also being
readied by attorney Will Terpening, who lives in an area not affect
directly by the new runway, but which sees more airliners overhead
as a result of a transition to GPS-optimized flight paths by the
FAA. Terpening says homes as far as 20 miles from the airport are
being subjected to increased noise levels, which he calls "a
situation that affects tens of thousands of people."
Terpening says he plans to work pro bono for participants in his