Houston Airport a Result of Rapid Growth; Some Critical of Possible Noise, Harm to Wildlife

Earthmovers are at work at the South Waller County Airport, which is being built on a 1,980-acre site between Brookshire and Katy.


For example, the developers had to ensure there was no standing water on the site that could attract birds. Birds long have been drawn to the area near the Waller County site because so many rice fields once were abundant there, the FAA official said.

Guttery said he and an FAA biologist visited the Waller site to look at the wildlife issues firsthand.

"Part of the recommendation we have is he develop a wildlife hazard management plan," Guttery said. "That helps him operate the airport and get along with the wildlife that is out there."

The Katy City Council voiced opposition to the plan a year ago. The Katy Area Economic Development Council has not taken a position on the airport.

"We have a task force studying the airport," said Lance LaCour of the economic development council.

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SOUTH WALLER COUNTY AIRPORT

Focus: Business aviation and general aviation, including prop planes and business jets

Site: 1,980 acres

Projected opening: January 2007

Runway: 4,500 feet, with plans to extend to 7,000 feet

Developer: WCF

Principal: Ron Henriksen

Project engineer: Garver Engineers

General contractor: Tribble & Stephens



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