Atlanta Residents Resent Helipads

 - October 6, 2008, 9:46 AM

The FAA reports that there are 99 approved helipads within a 20-nm radius of Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport and approval for four more is pending. But not all area communities are thrilled with the idea. Affluent Forsyth County imposed a temporary moratorium on new heliports there last year and is in the process of drafting more restrictive rules for any future heliports/helipads in the county. The proposed new rules would require conditional use permits and larger setbacks for heliports and helipads next to land that is zoned agricultural or residential.