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

Resources

To view the materials, please click the down arrow to view the most current version (in bold) and the historical versions of all documents. 

Chapter 4 - Facility Goals & Requirements

Working Paper No. 1 includes Chapter 1: Introduction, Chapter 2: Existing Conditions, and Chapter 3: Aviation Activity Forecasts.

Please click here for the Working Paper #1 Revision History



    Additional Resources

    Aurora State Airport Assessment Report (2018)

    Oregon Aviation Plan (2018)

    Oregon Airport Land Use Compatibility Guidebook (2003)

    FAA Planning Resources

    Constrained Operations Runway Justification Study (2019)

    Constrained Operations Runway Justification Study (2019) – FAA Forecast Approval Letter

    Image of a plane taking off on the runway

    Public Meeting Information

    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 #6

    Tuesday, June 11, 2024 from 5-8 pm, virtual meeting. 

    This meeting will present the preliminary alternatives for the Aurora State Airport Master Plan. 

    Please register and join the virtual PAC meeting at this registration link. 

    Public Invitation to the PAC Meeting

    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 #5

    Tuesday, April 30, 2024 from 5-7 pm, virtual meeting. 

    Agenda

    Public Invitation to the PAC Meeting

    Meeting Presentation

    Chapter 4 overview video - The video does not include the technical content found in the draft chapter, and it is only intended to guide the reader through their review of the chapter. 

    Chapter 4 - Draft Airport Facility Requirements 

    Chapter 4 - Draft Airport Facility Requirements with FAA comments and responses

    All written and verbal comments collected before or during the meeting, through May 14, 2024 will be included in the Meeting Summary, along with answers/responses to all comments and questions raised.

    PAC Meeting #4

    Tuesday, March 12, 2024 from 5-7 pm, virtual meeting.  

    Agenda

    Public Invitation to the PAC Meeting

    Press release

    UAO Forecast Approval - corrected (01/23/24)

    Meeting Presentation

    Meeting Summary

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

    PAC Working Session #2

    Tuesday, November 15, 2022
    3:00-5:00pm, virtual meeting

    Agenda

    Public Invitation to the PAC Working Session

    Meeting Summary

    All written and verbal comments collected before, during or a week after the meeting are 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

    Meeting Summary

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

    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 are included in the Meeting Summary, along with answers/responses to all comments and questions raised.

    Public Meetings

    Public Open House #2 - In-Person

    Thursday, June 13, 2024 

    Drop by between 4:00-7:00 pm 

    North Marion High School, Commons

    (20167 Grim Rd NE, Aurora, OR 97002)

    Light refreshments provided; children welcome

    Tendremos interpretación en español en la reunión. We will have Spanish interpretation at the meeting.

    This meeting provided an opportunity for the neighbors, PAC members, and other interested community members to learn about the Airport Master Plan project. This meeting will present the preliminary alternatives for the Aurora State Airport Master Plan. All written and verbal comments collected during the open house will be included in the event Summary.

    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 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. 

    Survey Summary

    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
    Alex Thomas, ODAV Planning and Programs Manager
    Alex.R.Thomas@odav.oregon.gov

    503-378-4880

    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.

    • 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
    • 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
    • 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

    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.

    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

    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 (ODAV) 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.

    In the table of contents below, jump the page by clicking on the questions.

    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 ODAV because they are out of date, unless otherwise noted.