County forms Paine Field advisory panel, seeks members

By Nicholas Johnson | Aug 09, 2017

A newly created advisory panel for Snohomish County’s Paine Field airport will weigh in on ways to reduce noise and enforce rules, among other duties.

The county is currently accepting applications to fill 13 positions on its new airport commission, with members consisting of one from each of the county’s five council districts, three from the airport tenant community, three from the county’s business community and two at-large.

The commission will make recommendations on the airport’s master plan, the airport’s capital improvement program and capital facilities plan, and the airport’s annual budget.

Applications will be accepted until all positions are filled. Initial review is set to begin in September. Applications must be completed online.

The county encourages members of diverse communities to apply, according to a press release, which also states that the commission strives for a membership that represents all the areas of the county, including organizations based at or near Paine Field and members of the general public.

The newly formed commission will set a schedule of meetings necessary to accomplish its duties with an anticipated frequency of no less than quarterly meetings. The first meeting will be held this fall.

Paine Field sees some 300 flights per day and is home to more than 650 aircraft. It’s also home to the Boeing Company’s production facility as well as other aerospace companies. Alaska Airlines plans to begin some nine daily flights out of Paine Field by fall 2018.

The Paine Field Community Council, a separate entity, will continue to serve as the primary forum for issues related to the Airport’s Mediated Role Determination, which was created in 1980 to address the airport’s long-term development.

That 10-member council, which promotes cooperation between the airport, neighboring residential communities and airport users, meets three times a year at 7 p.m. at the Future of Flight, 8415 Paine Field Blvd. in Mukilteo. Its next meeting is set for Oct. 10.

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