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Avigation Easements
As part of the Bowman Field Safety Program, the LRAA may attempt to acquire an "avigation easement" from property owners.  (See: Avigation Easements Targets as of August 2016).  

An avigation easement is a legal document in which airport operators seek to have individual property owners convey rights to the use of airspace over their properties to the airport for the use of aircraft that take off or land at the airport. The concept is similar to that used by water, sewer, electrical power line, and pipeline companies when they acquire easements on properties to lay or erect a utility line. Airport operators will try to secure unrestricted and broad rights from the property owner, including the right to unrestricted noise, air pollution, dust, fumes, removal of trees and other objects, access to the land to cut or trim trees, and the like. An easement does not give "fee," or full ownership interest in the property, but it is a legally binding restriction that applies to all current and future property owners as well (until the airport is ultimately closed). Easements are acquired either through voluntary negotiation or through condemnation. Airport operators must pay for the easement and conduct a "before" and "after" appraisal to determine the value of the easement proposed to be acquired. 

An attorney of your own choice should always be consulted before signing any legal document, including avigation easements. 
More information on avigation easements:

​Some Basics About Avigation Easements (by Tom FitzGerald of Kentucky Resources Council).  (See: ABC's of Avigation Easements)

Leslie Barras Letter to Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (addresses historic properties and avigation easement issues in Audubon Park, similar to issues to be faced by neighborhoods surrounding Bowman Field).  Barras Letter 09-21-12

Interim State Historic Preservation Officer Lindy Casebier writes to FAA that avigation easements required in Audubon Park are an "unnecessary emcumberance that devalues properties in the historic district over time" and pose an "adverse effect within the meaning of Section 106 of the NHPA (similar to issues faced by neighborhoods surrounding Bowman Field). (See: SHPO Letter 09-10-12.)

LRAA Commitment To Not Acquire Avigation Easements Until Required Studies Done
LRAA Commitment Letter 02-29-12

These trees, utility pole and billboard  at the intersection of  Taylorsville Road and Pee Wee Reese Road are all way above the LRAA proposed 25' limit at this distance from the runway.
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