The majority of Colorado Springs, Colo., residents say they have no issues with the region’s military installations, according to 700 people who responded to a survey conducted by the Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments (PPACG) as part of a joint land use study.
The top two issues associated with the region’s military presence are noise and airspace, reported the Colorado Springs Business Journal. Most of the survey respondents believe the community and military work well together. Residents also said they approve of the military’s efforts to develop alternative energy sources at area installations.
In response to the survey results, PPACG formed a working group to address noise complaints from area residents about the training flights conducted by student pilots at the Air Force Academy. The group, which hired a sound consultant to measure noise from the flights, is developing a strategy to reach a compromise with the Air Force.
A separate task force is exploring ways to deal with stormwater runoff at Monument Creek stemming from military development. Colorado Springs, El Paso County, the Air Force Academy and other municipalities are working on projects to mitigate flooding risk and maintain water levels in the creek, according to the story.