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Promontory drops airstrip plan

by Patrick Parkinson Of the Record staff

In a surprise announcement Wednesday, Promontory Managing Director Rich Sonntag told members of the East Side Planning Commission that his company is withdrawing its controversial request to build a private airstrip east of U.S. 40 near Silver Creek.

"This obviously was not a good idea. We just want to be a good neighbor," said Sonntag during a site visit at Promontory that had been noticed on the East Side Planning Commission’s Wednesday agenda.

Among those in attendance were several residents of the nearby Silver Creek residential subdivision including Tom Coleman. After the announcement, Coleman said he was cautiously optimistic, adding, "Everybody wants to make sure that this does not happen."

Earlier in the day, Community Development Director Nora Shepard had reported to the Board of County Commissioners that Promontory was still proceeding with its application for the airstrip and the East Side Planning Commission was scheduled to discuss the plan after the site visit.

As of Wednesday evening, however, it appeared that vocal opposition to the private airstrip had convinced Promontory developers to scrap the plan.