A Statement From the Committee For Dulles
April 13, 2020. On Tuesday, April 14, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors will consider a housing application (RZ 2019-SU-009/PCA 78-S-063-09/PCA 85-S-061-06/PCA 86-S-069, ELM STREET COMMUNITIES, INC.) to build townhomes at Westfields. While the Committee for Dulles (CFD) does not oppose new homes and recognizes the need for additional housing in the region, we do oppose residential projects that would be built directly under the flight path of Washington Dulles International Airport (Dulles) inside the airport noise overlay area known as 60 LDN.
Traditionally, both Fairfax and Loudoun Counties have planned and zoned around the airport in a manner that protects the economic viability and the continued growth of Dulles operations, as well as to protect future residents who would be impacted by such problematic locations. At Washington National Reagan Airport, we see the impact of residents who are subjected to aircraft noise. These citizens work to restrict airport hours of operations and flight patterns. We cannot allow the same to happen to Dulles. Dulles, a growing international airport, must continue to be permitted to have unrestricted flight operations 24 hours a day for 7days a week.
At a minimum, should the Fairfax Board of Supervisors approve this residential project, it should be required of the applicant to do the following measures:
- 1. Require all measures of increased soundproofing of the houses.
- 2. The sales staff must provide notice in their marketing materials to all prospective buyers about the proximity to Dulles Airport. This includes maps showing the development, the building lots, the airport and the road network, as well as maps showing the flight paths and altitude of the aircraft above the development and building lots, so the consumer is fully informed where their house will be and where the aircraft will be.
- 3. Each individual homebuyer, now and in the future, provides an avigation easement that is written in plain English and clearly outlines the right of aircraft to generate noise and to fly over the development and especially their home.
With this project directly under the approach and arrival flight path of Dulles, this is the minimum that should be expected of the developer. However, any such sound attenuation will do little to protect these residents from the impact of aircraft noise overhead while trying to enjoy their yards and other outdoor activities in their neighborhood.
We encourage the Fairfax Board of Supervisors not to approve this project or any other future residential project(s) proposed for development directly under the flight path of Washington Dulles International Airport inside the 60 LDN.