LAWRENCEVILLE --Gwinnett's airport citizens review committee reconvened for the first time after its surprise move to disband in December. But the group has some demands before members agree to continue their work.
The meeting brought hope to foes of recent commercialization efforts, with residents hopeful a renewed process could bring more input and thought into the controversy surrounding Briscoe Field.
But with proposals due next week for those interested in taking over the airport, the committee voted unanimously to request commissioners wait on a decision on the airport's future until its recommendations are completed.
The group also requested access to the proposals, a redefined scope and an environmental impact study of how commercial or general aviation expansion could affect the surrounding community.
"I think we can continue as a committee if we get this kind of support," the group's chairman Tip Cape said, referencing frustration that commissioners had moved forward with an airport privatization process last year and did not provide funds for the group to hire experts or perform studies.
That frustration led to a split vote to disband in December, just two months into deliberations. But Cape said commissioners reached out asking the group to continue its work, promising more aid in the endeavor.
"I felt we were at an impasse (before)," Cape said. "But with this support and a little bit of money, I feel like we can continue to proceed and have a product with substance."
Gwinnett Transportation Acting Director Kim Conroy said he would deliver the requests to County Administrator Glenn Stephens and report back to the group on commissioners' response.