Some South Burlington residents are concerned that a program that buys homes near the Burlington International Airport to reduce noise complaints is reducing the amount of affordable housing in the community.
Airport Aviation Director Brian Searles says the airport is putting the program on hold until officials can discuss with the city council the appropriate guidelines for the purchase of eligible homes.
The airport has spent $17 million to buy 86 homes since 1986.
Searles says the program spends between $2-3 million a year. And he says the number of people asking the airport to buy their homes is increasing.
Once the airport buys homes they are demolished.