- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 19, 2014

OLIVE BRANCH, Miss. (AP) - Olive Branch aldermen have repealed a part of the city’s zoning ordinance that pertains to regulating building heights around the airport.

The Commercial Appeal reports (http://bit.ly/1gzXx3L ) the repeal takes effect June 1. The decision came after a developer proposed constructing a 36-foot building at the southern end of the airport.

Airport officials say a building would interfere with safe takeoffs and landings and impede future growth.

The Federal Aviation Administration has said a building would constitute a hazard to air navigation. The comments were made with an extension of the runway in mind. The agency’s comments are advisory.

Though city officials oppose the construction, they felt the existing ordinance could not withstand a court challenge.

Officials say a navigation easement protects the airport runway at its current 6,000-foot length.

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Information from: The Commercial Appeal, http://www.commercialappeal.com

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