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In accordance with the Wendell H. Ford Aviation Investment and Reform Act for the 21st Century (AIR 21), Public Law 106-181 (Apr. 5, 2000; 114 Stat. 61), this notice must be published in the
The following is a brief overview of the request:
The City of Porterville, California requested a release from Federal surplus property and grant assurance obligations for approximately 26 acres of airport land to allow for its sale. The property was originally acquired pursuant to the Surplus Property Act of 1944 and was deeded to the City of Porterville on June 16, 1948. The parcel of land is located some distance from the airfield in the southwest corner of the airport; outside of the airport fence line; east of the secondary access road; and north of Teapot Dome Avenue. Due to its location and undeveloped condition, the property cannot be readily used and will not be needed for airport purposes.
The property had been set aside as part of a 40-acre kit fox preserve and could not be used for any other purpose. Based on biological surveys in 2005 and 2006, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service determined that the preserve site was no longer needed. By purchasing conservation credits, the City of Porterville was able to obtain an amendment to the 1990 Biological Opinion that established the kit fox preserve in order to eliminate the wildlife designation. The land was never used for airport purposes and is not needed for future airport use. The City of Porterville will acquire the property and use approximately 16 acres for City related purposes and future development. The City will compensate the Airport fund for the fair market value of the land.
The sale price of the parcel will be based on an appraisal of its fair market value. The sales proceeds are being devoted to airport operations and capital projects. The reuse of the property will not interfere with the airport or its operation, thereby serving the interests of civil aviation.