Parkland County says it’s heard loud and clear residents’ complaints about the Parkland County Airport, but there’s very little it can do to change things.
In a written statement, the County lawmakers say the Courts have ruled they “have no legislative authority or jurisdiction” over the Parkland Airport Development Corporation, since it answers to Transport Canada. But it will pursue a Memorandum of Understanding with the PADC.
Parkland County has been getting complaints from residents since the airport opened in 2013. They include reports of aircraft flying too low, and that noise levels have spiked significantly.
The County also notes the trouble the airport has posed for the Enoch Cree Nation, saying that flights over lands where they hold traditional ceremonies have forced the Nation to stop holding those events.
Here is the complete statement from the County:
The development of the airport by Parkland Airport Development Corporation (PADC) has been contentious from the outset and we recognize the issues and concerns that have been raised by area residents and the impact it has had on their lives.
Airports fall under the jurisdiction of Transport Canada. While Parkland County has expended significant resources and has taken legal action against PADC, the Courts have ruled we have no legislative authority or jurisdiction over aviation related developments or activities.
Despite this, the County is looking for ways in which we can address our residents’ concerns with both Transport Canada and the Parkland Airport.
We are considering entering into a Memorandum of Understanding with PADC and Transport Canada to alleviate some of the impacts on the community as well as addressing resident concerns including air traffic safety and noise issues, vehicle traffic impacts and storm water drainage.
We are also aware and sensitive to the impacts PADC has on Enoch Cree Nation. Flights are occurring over lands where they hold traditional ceremonies and, as such, they have stopped holding those activities.
While we have no legal authority over the airport we are hopeful we can enter into an agreement that satisfies, as best as possible, our residents and PADC.
In regard to the complaint hotline, Parkland County has a general line for residents to submit feedback. Any complaints we receive pertaining to the Parkland Airport have been shared with Transport Canada and the Parkland Airport.