A local anti-pollution group has launched a new Web site in anticipation of a community discussion on potential future uses for the land where the Santa Monica Airport is located after an agreement with the federal government expires in four years.
Martin Rubin, the director of Concerned Residents Against Airport Pollution (CRAAP), a grassroots organization that has lobbied city and state officials to conduct exhaustive air quality studies at Santa Monica Airport, said he feels it is not too soon to focus on what the fate of the airport will be after July 1, 2015.
That date will signal the end of an agreement signed on Jan. 31, 1984 by the city of Santa Monica and the Federal Aviation Administration.
The new Web site, www.smo2015.com, was created to garner community awareness, involvement and visions for the future use of the airport land, said Rubin. The group invites input from pilots, residents, developers, environmentalists, planners and government officials, as well as other stakeholders.
The Santa Monica City Council announced at its Dec. 14 meeting that it will embark on a yearlong community outreach initiative to engage residents, businesses and those employed by the airport on what should take place after the city’s contract with the FAA expires.
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