The public is invited to learn about the future of Mesa's Falcon Field Airport in a series of three workshops, the first of which will be held 6:00-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 27 at the Airbase Arizona Commemorative Air Force Museum, 2017 E. Greenfield Road, Mesa, AZ 85215. The City of Mesa has initiated the process to prepare an Airport Master Plan for the Airport. As part of the Master Plan process, the workshops will inform the community of Master Plan milestones and seek public input.
The Airport Master Plan will provide short, intermediate, and long-term development goals for Falcon Field. It will have a 20-year planning horizon based on aviation activity forecasts and will be developed through professional evaluation and public involvement. The goal of the Master Plan is to provide the framework needed to guide future Airport development that will cost-effectively satisfy aviation demand, while considering potential environmental and socioeconomic issues.
Required by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the Master Plan will define the current and future role of the Airport in the local, regional, state, and national aviation system. The Master Plan also will provide a capital improvement program for future airport development, an Airport economic impact study, a wildlife management plan and an environmental overview defining the relationship of the airport with the surrounding environment.
The FAA recommends that public use airports like Falcon Field Airport prepare a new Airport Master Plan every 7-10 years or as local aviation conditions change. The previous Master Plan was completed in 2010. The City has initiated the Master Plan to ensure the Airport continues to be operated in a safe and efficient manner, and to address local and national changes in the aviation industry.
For more information about the Master Plan, contact Coffman Associates at 602-993-6999; Falcon Field Airport staff at 480-644-2450; or visit the project website at www.falconfield.airportstudy.com .