The City of San Diego Airports Division has embarked on a master planning process to define the vision and provide the necessary framework to guide airport development at Montgomery-Gibbs Executive and Brown Field Municipal airports for the next 20 years. This planning process will engage the community and stakeholders to develop alternatives that will result in a preferred layout for each airport. The City’s goal is to develop Airport Master Plans that promotes safe, efficient, economically viable and environmentally compatible airports.
The City of San Diego received FAA grants of $500,000 each for the respective airports and is providing funds from the Airport Enterprise Fund to pay for the studies.
What is an Airport Master Plan?
An Airport Master Plan is a study to determine the long-term development plans for an airport including the extent, type and schedule of development needed. The master planning process considers the needs and demands of airport tenants, users and the general public. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) offers a number of objectives as a guide in the preparation of a master plan:
- Understand the issues, opportunities and constraints of the airport
- Consider the impact of recent national and local aviation trends
- Identify the capacity of airport infrastructure
- Determine the need for new improvements
- Estimate costs and identify potential funding sources
- Develop a schedule for implementation of proposed projects
- Comply with federal, state and local regulations
The Airport Master Plans for the Brown Field Municipal and Montgomery-Gibbs Executive airports will include reports of existing and future conditions at each airport, Airport Layout Plans and schedules of priorities and funding sources for proposed improvements.
Why are Airport Master Plans Needed?
New Airport Master Plans are needed to:
- Consider new and changing long-term uses for the airport
- Improve the regional air transportation system and local economy
- Address improvements necessary to comply with federal aviation regulations
- Accommodate existing and projected demands on the airport