Triple C Hangar’s CUP request approved for Scottsdale helipad installation

The Scottsdale City Council has approved Triple C Hangar’s request for a conditional use permit to use a helicopter near the Scottsdale Airport.

On March 19, the City Council approved on consent the criteria for a conditional use permit have been met, and adopted a resolution approving the CUP for an off-airport helicopter on a .77-acre site at 14818 N. 74th Street.

The hangar location is within the Scottsdale Airpark, at an existing office and hangar development.

Triple C Hangar’s request was to obtain a CUP to allow for helicopter take-off and landing from the airport staging area adjacent to the taxilane, according to a city staff report.

Conditional use permits may be granted when expressly permitted after the Planning Commission has made a recommendation and City Council have found certain that the CUP will not be materially detrimental to the public health, safety or wellbeing.

The Planning Commission heard and recommended a 5-0 approval of this case on Feb. 13.

This CUP was approved upon the following factors:

  • The granting of such CUP will not be materially detrimental to the public health, safety or welfare;
  • The characteristics of the proposed conditional use are reasonably compatible with the types of uses permitted in the surrounding areas; and
  • The conditions have been satisfied.

According to the staff report, landings and takeoffs of helicopters will generate noise and some degree of vibration; however, the helicopter is located in the airport and the property immediately abuts a taxilane designed for aviation activities.

“The heliport is located on an existing concrete staging area; in addition t the concrete material, the facility owner and operator are required to keep the area free of dust,” the staff report states.

“Therefore, the amount of dust to be generated by the helicopter activities will be minimal. The proposed heliport is required by the FAA to be in compliance with all navigation safety requirements. The granting of the conditional use permit will not be materially detrimental to the health, safety or welfare of the public.”

The heliport will only be used by the owner, and no increase in vehicular traffic volume is anticipated to be generated by the helicopter operations, the staff report stated.

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