The City of Oshawa in Ontario is preparing to create a new business plan for its airport (CYOO) to cover the next four years. A city councillor says that emphasis has to be given to a peaceful environment for local residents as well as to the safety of pilots.

“It’s about balance and I think it’s [the airport’s] business functions much better as a good neighbour with that balance,” said Oshawa Councillor Tito-Dante Marimpietri. “I think the residents expect it and they will embrace the airport much more if there is that respect for quality of life.”

The existing business plan had been prepared on the assumption that Buttonville airport (CYKZ) would be closed down by now, which turned out not to be the case.

On Tuesday of this week, the city held a townhall meeting and invited the public to provide input. There is still opportunity to provide input by completing an online survey by September 30, or by written submission to the city by 16:00 on Friday, October 18.