Plano Residents Opposed To New Medical Center Helipad

By Sharrie Williams, CBS 11 News

PLANO (CBSDFW.COM) – After implementing a Comprehensive Stroke Program, the Medical Center of Plano has seen a significant increase in the number of patients being flown in by helicopter and has asked the city for another helipad.

According to the hospital, the number of helicopter transportations has skyrocketed from 18 flights in 2008 to 107 in 2010.

While it may be positive growth for the hospital, residents living nearby, like Linda Gibson, have a different point of view.

“They come in low,” Gibson said. “I mean we can see the people in the helicopter now. We have no privacy in our back yard.”

To handle the growing volume of helicopter transports, the hospital is now asking the city for a second helipad. The move would require the city to approve a zoning change.

State law requires that property owners within 200 feet of the proposed rezoning be notified, which the city did.

But Gibson’s home and others in her neighborhood aren’t within the 200-foot area. But they are close enough to see the hospital.

“I’m upset they didn’t let us know that it was coming in,” Gibson said.

“We hear every helicopter. And there has been at least one so big it shook the china,” she added. “‘So what are you talking about? How could you have not informed us?'”

Royse Clayton, a homeowner in the area for 16 years, agrees.

“As a citizen I want to be informed by the city. What type of air traffic is it going to be and what the impact is going to be on the neighborhood?” he asked.

Although the state law only requires notice to those within 200 feet, the City of Plano says it reached out to homeowners associations within 1,500 feet out of courtesy but had no luck reaching that particular neighborhood.

“We checked and we do not have a contact person for homeowners in that area,” said Phyliss Jarrell, Director of Planning for the City of Plano.

“They are more than welcome to come to the meeting and get up and tell planning commission and council what they’re thoughts are.”

The Planning and Zoning Commission will vote on the measure Monday during a 7 p.m. meeting. If it passes, it will go before the city council next Monday.

“Seems to me 200 feet doesn’t quite cut it when the sound of helicopter transmits 1,000 feet,” Clayton said.

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  • Emilie Schultze Everett

    Poor Miz Gibson…. Saving people’s lives invades her privacy.

  • claycoleman

    Sorry that your China was shaking as someone’s life was saved. What an elitist.

  • 2sister

    I understand that this would be noisy, but this saves lives. The life it saves next might be someone in one of those neighborhoods.

  • DG

    Typical for Plano. I have worked and lived all over the Metroplex and people in Plano are some of the most selfish, elitist people around. A lot of them think the rest of the worlld should stop spinning for them. So someone dies, at least they will not have to hear the helicopter fly over and they will have their privacy for their backyard cookout. Let’s see 107 transports last year, that’s a little less than 1/3 of the days in the year and just one helicopter on those days for what, all of 10-20 minutes minor discomfort. Geez, it’s not like Southwest Airlines put a a landing strip next to their neighborhood.

  • Rex

    You gotta love rich people ! They could careless if people die !

    • Mke Smith

      If you think everyone is Plano is rich, you haven’t been to Plano. Or maybe you are a moron. Or maybe you don’t realize that people who aren’t rich can be selfish.

  • peggy

    Gee next it will be complaints about the ambulances! Why did you move next to a hospital anyway? Oh, yea you might need it, then it will be ok, huh? The world goes on, and a life, like your own, might be saved.

  • CWB

    Thank you for implementing the Comprehensive Stroke Program! Put the helipad in. ASAP! It not only saves lives but the quality of people’s lives as well. I assure you when/if they fly over your backyard, they are not concerned about what you are doing. These people are professionals, and someone’s life is on the line and to a certain extent, in their hands. It’s not all about you!!!

  • Mike Smith

    I think the people who were interviewed are selfish in the extreme. I doubt they reflect the views of everyone in Plano.

  • Mark

    Clearly none of the comments posted so far are from people that are affected by the noise of air traffic. I don’t live in the area of Plano but I did live by a hospital in another area and there is a lot of noise from air traffic. The people that live around the Medical Center are only asking for the Helicopters to take a different approach and stay higher until they are ready to land. The people living around the Medical Center are just normal people like the rest of us.

  • rcc

    I feel that the homeowners are state that its more of a saftey issue then a noise issue. I lived there for 12 yrs, right behind plano medical city. You can toss a baseball up and hit these guys when they are on approach. So they are not being stuck up or selfish. 107 flights for one pad, if they go to two howman more flights will that add? When u live there and have to get up at 2 in morning to explains to you 5 yr old that is scared to death of the shaking windows that its just a helicopter, not the boogieman, then u can say what you wish.

  • Jeremy Klapprott

    People, Seriously…

    Not everyone in Plano is RICH..Take a drive through east Plano and everything will become clear…It’s largely a working class area…With that being said, I do support the helipad for life saving purposes.

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