Westover to hold public meeting on updated study on noise levels and compatible development near base
CHICOPEE – Officials at Westover Air Reserve will be holding a virtual meeting to discuss the results of an updated study this year on compatible areas of use at the base.
The Air Installations Compatible Use Zones study is designed to protect the health, safety and well-being of those who live and work near military bases while enabling the Air Force Reserve to continue its mission by promoting compatible and collaborative planning for development, said Lt. Col. Rodney. B. Furr, Westover Public Affairs Manager.
“The results of the study are helping the development of local planning mechanisms that will protect public health and safety as well as preserve the operational capabilities of Westover Air Reserve Base,” he said in writing.
The meeting will take place at 6 p.m. Thursday on Westover’s WebEx program. The public is invited to attend and can access it by clicking on https://wsp-502.my.webex.com/wsp-502.my/j.php?MTID=mcc6c29599fc901e3941e8c9ac4110ac1.
This is a routine study updated approximately every seven years. The last has been completed in 2013 and it was previously updated in 1996.
This year’s study includes changes in noise levels or noise contours due to the modernization of Westover jets at the Aircraft C-5M Galaxy, which are quieter and more fuel efficient. It also includes information on the increase in flight operations over the past seven years and changes in land use and development in Chicopee and the neighboring communities of Ludlow, Granby, South Hadley and Springfield.
The study also includes information on development in the area known as the Accident Potential Zone, due to their proximity to the slopes.