Airport Master Plan

Every airport owner/operator needs to look at the current use of their airport, its relationship to other airports, and expectations for how the airport will need to change in the future. This planning effort takes place every 10-20 years (on average) and helps the airport owner figure out what to study further, what to invest in, and what is crucial to fix for safety and operations.

The Airport Master Plan (AMP) is required by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to maintain a safe and efficient airport that is economically, environmentally, and socially sustainable. The Airport Master Plan will also:

  • Define the current, short-term and long-term needs of the Airport through a comprehensive evaluation of facilities, conditions and FAA airport planning and design standards.
  • Look at what is happening around the airport that could affect the future plans, development and operation of the airport such as land use, transportation, environmental, economic development, etc.

view of the runway at the Aurora State Airport showing the flight tower.

Oregon Department of Aviation

Public Meeting Information

Due to the ongoing covid pandemic and physical distancing measures the project will hold meetings online, rather than in person. Meeting materials, as well as summaries and recordings will be added to this page.

Planning Advisory Committee (PAC) Meetings

PAC Meeting #1

Tuesday, November 16, 2021
3:00-5:00pm, virtual meeting

Agenda

Public invitation to the PAC meeting

PAC Protocols

Meeting Presentation

Meeting Summary

All written and verbal comments collected before, during or a week after the meeting will be provided to the PAC members and included in the Meeting Summary, along with answers/responses to all comments and questions raised.

PAC Meeting #2

Tuesday, March 1, 2022
3:00-5:00pm, virtual meeting

Agenda

Public Invitation to the PAC Meeting

Updated PAC #1 Summary - includes comments from the cities of Wilsonville and Aurora

Meeting Presentation

Draft Working Paper No. 1 and Appendices are listed on the "Resources & Documents" page

Meeting Summary

All written and verbal comments collected before, during or a week after the meeting will be provided to the PAC members and included in the Meeting Summary, along with answers/responses to all comments and questions raised.

PAC Working Session

Tuesday, April 5, 2022
3:00-5:00pm, virtual meeting

Agenda

Public Invitation to the PAC Meeting

Meeting Presentation

Meeting Summary (updated)

All written and verbal comments collected before, during or a week after the meeting will be provided to the PAC members and included in the Meeting Summary, along with answers/responses to all comments and questions raised.

PAC Meeting #3

Tuesday, May 3, 2022
3:00-5:00pm, virtual meeting

Agenda

Public Invitation to the PAC Meeting

Meeting Presentation

All written and verbal comments collected before, during or a week after the meeting will be provided to the PAC members and included in the Meeting Summary, along with answers/responses to all comments and questions raised.

Public Meetings

Public Open House #1

Tuesday, March 1, 2022
5:00-7:00pm, virtual meeting

Event Presentation

Draft Working Paper No. 1 and Appendices are listed on the "Resources & Documents" page

Meeting Summary

Event Summary

This meeting provided an opportunity for the community, neighbors, PAC, and project stakeholders to learn about the Airport Master Plan project. All written and verbal comments collected during the open house will be included in the event Summary.

Public Open House #2

Summer 2022
(more information to come)

This meeting will provide an opportunity for the community, neighbors, PAC, and project stakeholders to continue conversations about the Airport Master Plan project. All written and verbal comments collected during the open house will be included in the event Summary.

Public Survey #1

Thank you to the more than 400 people who took the first survey. The responses will help ODAV understand the Airport’s needs for the next twenty years. The survey was open from February 23 to March 25, 2022. A summary is being developed and will be posted here once it's finished. 

Contact Information

Project related comments and questions will be accepted until the Airport Master Plan Project is complete.

For additional information contact:

Oregon Department of Aviation
Heather Peck
503-378-3168
heather.peck@aviation.state.or.us

What is an Airport Master Plan?

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) requires airport sponsors/owners to conduct periodic reviews of their airport. Federally-obligated airports must go through this process every 10-20 years, called an Airport Master Plan (AMP).

An Airport Master Plan (AMP) represents the airport’s blueprint for long-term development. A few of the goals of a master plan are to:

  • Provide a graphic representation of existing airport features, future airport development and anticipated land use
  • Establish a realistic schedule for implementation of the proposed development
  • Identify a realistic financial plan to support the development
  • Validate the plan technically and procedurally through investigation of concepts and alternatives on technical, economic and environmental grounds
  • Prepare and present a plan to the public that adequately addresses all relevant issues and satisfies local, state and federal regulations
  • Establish a framework for a continuous planning process

What are the planning phases?

This plan will happen in 3 phases. Planning and community outreach activities are listed for each phase.

Phase 1: Develop Understanding

  • Develop Scope of Work
  • Public Involvement Strategy
  • Automated Geographic Information System (AGIS) Survey Existing Conditions Analysis
  • Aviation Activity Forecasts
  • Planning Advisory Committee (PAC) meetings and public events

Phase 2: Explore Solutions

  • Define Updated Airfield Design Standards Perform Demand and Capacity Analysis
  • Define Facility Goals and Requirements
  • Identify, Prepare, and Evaluate Development Alternatives
  • Planning Advisory Committee (PAC) meetings and public events

Phase 3: Implementation

  • Conduct Airport Noise Evaluation Develop Strategies and Actions
  • Develop Capital Improvement Plan (CIP)/Phasing/Financial Plan
  • Develop Airport Layout Plan (ALP) Drawing Set
  • Finalize the Master Plan
  • Planning Advisory Committee (PAC) meetings and public events

schedule graphic showing the three phases

What exactly is (and isn't) an AMP?

The AMP is a plan for the future of the airport and it:

  • Is developed or updated every 10-20 years (on average)
  • Is used to review existing airport conditions and facilities
  • Includes forecasts that determine future aviation and non-aviation needs
  • Provides a “road map” for development while remaining adaptable to changing aviation industry conditions and requirements
  • Guides airport improvements that are economically, environmentally, and socially sustainable
  • Includes a planning-level budget for facility improvements
  • Results in a visual representation (ALP) of proposed facility improvements

An Airport Master Plan is NOT a:

  • Design/construction project
  • Guarantee of a proposed project
  • Environmental analysis
  • County land use plan/action
  • County transportation system plan (TSP)
  • Mandated expansion of the Airport

What should you expect from the Aurora AMP?

  • The FAA provides 100 % of funding for the plan (in accordance with FAA Advisory Circular 150/5070-6B)
  • Discussions with stakeholders and the surrounding community will help guide the development of the plan, including the final recommendations
  • A final schedule for implementing the proposed recommendations will require environmental analysis, per the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), and some projects may require additional planning and funding before design and construction can begin

Who makes decisions?

  • The Oregon Department of Aviation (ODAV), as the airport sponsor, will make decisions about what to include in the Master Plan
  • The FAA provides guidance throughout the master planning process, but only approves the forecasts, selection of critical aircraft, and the airport layout plan. FAA also determines federal funding eligibility
  • The Planning Advisory Committee (PAC) provides input at key decision points
  • The public provides comments for ODAV and the FAA to consider when making decisions about development

What are the planning phases?
What exactly is (and isn't) an AMP?
What should you expect from the Aurora AMP?
Who makes decisions?
If you have other questions, check out the FAQ page.

Just like a homeowner, the Oregon Department of Aviation (ODAV) needs to think about how to keep the buildings and outdoor areas, like runways, in safe working use.

When a family grows or shrinks in size, the homeowner makes a new plan for how to use their home to fit their current needs. Plus there are regular repairs and maintenance needed, which means creating a budget and saving money to make those fixes, like a new roof or replacing a fridge.

It is much easier to think about the future and save money for the changes that are needed, than to be reactive to changes and not know what to do. This is the same for ODAV.

And just like a bank requiring documentation for a loan, the FAA needs to see the Airport Master Plan to provide funds for ODAV to use to improve the airport.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

We know you have questions, and we will be addressing them throughout the duration of the project. As this project progresses, the Oregon Department of Aviation (ODA) will continue to add to this list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ). This list is not exhaustive but is intended to give you a basic understanding of airport planning.

Jump to specific questions by clicking on the questions at the top of the PDF (to the right).

ODAV only endorses/supports data and statements that are released from this study and posted to this project website. All other statements by members of the Planning Advisory Committee and public are personal opinions. Other documents may not be endorsed by the ODA because they are out of date, unless otherwise noted.