Maintaining Peace and Quiet: Mountain Village Proposes New Ordinance on Helicopter Landings

A recent incident involving a helicopter landing in a residential neighborhood has prompted the Town of Mountain Village to take action. In response to concerns raised by residents about the noise and disturbance caused by the helicopter, the town council is considering a new ordinance to restrict helicopter landings and takeoffs.

Town Manager Paul Wisor acknowledged that the helicopter landing was a unique and disruptive event for the community. He emphasized the importance of addressing the issue to ensure the peace and quiet of the neighborhood. Currently, there are no existing regulations prohibiting helicopter operations within the town limits, which prompted the need for this new ordinance.

The proposed ordinance, currently in its second reading, prohibits helicopters from landing or taking off within the Town of Mountain Village, except at authorized airport fields or helistops, and in the case of emergencies. The council clarified that exceptions could be made for medical purposes with prior permission from the town. However, the creation of new heliports for landings or takeoffs will not be permitted.

It is important to note that the new ordinance will not affect the pre-existing and authorized Helitrax heliport located west of the Peaks Resort. Additionally, exempted from the restrictions are state or federal helicopter operations, as well as helicopters used for ski flights, forestry, and construction activities. Any helicopter landings or takeoffs outside the town’s limits would fall under the jurisdiction of the county or forest service.

During the council’s discussions, there was a consideration to increase the penalty for violating the new ordinance, as some council members expressed concerns about the effectiveness of a standard $2,000 fine. Town staff stated that violations would be subject to municipal court proceedings, and the town could seek an injunction against the operator. Repeat offenders could face jail time.

To allow for certain temporary approvals, the ordinance may include additional criteria. For example, if there was an event involving the filming of an action movie in the town, special permission for helicopter operations could be granted.

The aim of this proposed ordinance is to ensure consistency in enforcing airspace regulations and to minimize safety risks and disruptions to the community. Residents and stakeholders are encouraged to provide their feedback on the proposed Mountain Village ordinance during the town council meeting. Public comments can be submitted in person, online, or via email.

By addressing the concerns raised by the helicopter landing incident, the Town of Mountain Village aims to maintain peace and tranquility for all its residents while establishing clear guidelines for helicopter operations within its jurisdiction.

FAQ section:

1. Why is the Town of Mountain Village considering a new ordinance to restrict helicopter landings and takeoffs?
The town is considering this new ordinance in response to concerns raised by residents about the noise and disturbance caused by a recent helicopter landing in a residential neighborhood.

2. What is the purpose of the proposed ordinance?
The proposed ordinance aims to prohibit helicopters from landing or taking off within the Town of Mountain Village, except at authorized airport fields or helistops, and in cases of emergencies. It seeks to ensure peace, quiet, and safety in the neighborhood.

3. Are there any exceptions to the proposed ordinance?
Yes, exceptions can be made for medical purposes with prior permission from the town. State or federal helicopter operations, as well as helicopters used for ski flights, forestry, and construction activities, are also exempted. However, the creation of new heliports will not be permitted.

4. How will violations of the ordinance be dealt with?
Violations of the ordinance will be subject to municipal court proceedings, and the town can seek an injunction against the operator. Repeat offenders may face jail time.

5. Will the new ordinance affect the pre-existing and authorized heliport?
No, the new ordinance will not affect the pre-existing and authorized Helitrax heliport located west of the Peaks Resort.

6. Can temporary approvals be granted for helicopter operations?
Yes, the ordinance may include additional criteria to allow for temporary approvals. For instance, special permission for helicopter operations could be granted during events like the filming of an action movie in the town.

Definitions:

– Ordinance: A law or regulation enacted by a local government.
– Heliport: A designated area for helicopters to take off from and land.
– Municipality: A city or town that has its own local government.
– Jurisdiction: The authority or control belonging to a certain governing body, such as a town or county.

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