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.
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
Principal: Ron Henriksen
Project engineer: Garver Engineers
General contractor: Tribble & Stephens
The first phase of construction is estimated to cost between $30 million and $35 million.
Group sees site as important for business growth.
The official opening is expected in the first quarter of 2007.
Jun. 17--Brian Wing and his partner, Jim Kelly, look back at their decision nine years ago to move their Gulfstream jet from Bush Intercontinental Airport to a small airport in Conroe as one of...