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Airport Master Plan Update Process

An Airport Master Plan is a concept of the long-term development of an airport, documented and approved by the local government agency that owns the airport.  It reports the data and logic upon which the plan is based in narrative form, and displays the concept graphically in an Airport Layout Plan (ALP).

The Airport Master Plan is also an organized collection of information, analyses, and resulting decisions and policies guiding the future development of an airport over a specified period of time; usually 20 years.

Typical elements that comprise an Airport Master Plan include, but are not limited to:

  • Goals and objectives of the Airport Master Plan;
  • An inventory of existing airport facilities and operating conditions;
  • FAA approved forecasts of aviation activity at the airport;
  • An analysis of forecast demand for services compared to the capacity of existing facilities;
  • Requirements for facilities by determining the deficiencies between existing facilities and what is required to meet the forecast demand;
  • An ALP that consists of computer-aided drawings of existing and proposed airport property and facilities;
  • A brief overview of current and potential environmental issues that currently exist and that may be raised by any proposed new development;
  • A Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) that itemizes, evaluates costs, and schedules needed airport improvements over the planning period;
  • A financial analysis that is developed along with the CIP that determines how the needed airport improvements will be funded; and
  • A cost-feasible financial plan, approved by FDOT to accomplish the projects described in the Airport Master Plan or depicted in the ALP.  The cost feasible financial plan must realistically assess project phasing considering availability of state and local funding and the likelihood of federal funding.


The City Commission is ultimately responsible for approving the Airport Master Plan based on the contents of the plan and accuracy of the data.  FAA and FDOT also approve the Airport Master Plan and ALP based on federal and state standards and criteria.


The FAA approved forecasts that were used in the 2015 Airport Master Plan Update are available here.

The previous ALP, which will be updated as part of the 2015 Airport Master Plan Update, is available here.

The first public meeting for the 2015 Airport Master Plan Update was held on April 28th, 2015.  A copy of the material presented at that meeting is available here.  The minutes from that meeting are available for review here.


The second public meeting for the 2015 Airport Master Plan Update was held on August 24th, 2015.  A copy of the material presented at that meeting is available 
here.  The minutes from that meeting are available for review here.

Input received from the public was incorporated into the working draft of the master plan update report, which was provided to the City Commission as part of an airport master plan workshop held on October 6th, 2015.  The minutes from that workshop are available for review here.

Direction received from the City Commission during the workshop was used to revise and finalize the master plan update report and ALP.  The final draft of the 2015 Airport Master Plan Update Report was approved by the City Commission at their regular meeting on November 2, 2015.  The final draft of the 2015 Airport Master Plan Update Report is available for review here.  The new ALP is available for review here.

The 2015 Airport Master Plan Update Report and ALP are currently pending review by the FAA and FDOT.