What is an Airport Master Plan?
The Port of Walla Walla (Port) has is updating its Airport Master Plan for the Walla Walla Regional Airport (“Plan”). The Plan will identify, describe and illustrate the Port’s vision for the airport for the next 20 years. The Plan will serve as a roadmap to bring projects, people, and funding together and it will help the Port to make important decisions about airport facilities and operation. The Plan will be prepared in accordance with all Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations and guidance.
Although the Master Plan is primarily a facilities plan, it will follow policies by providing a plan for future airport development that is:
- Safe, efficient, and complies FAA design standards
- Economically viable and financially sustainable
- Aligned with broad local, regional, state and national planning goals
Additionally, information about the Master Plan’s Background, Plan Focus and Plan Components can be found below:
The Port completed its last Master Plan in 2002, which is now outdated. Although an update, this Plan is a comprehensive evaluation of Airport facility needs with respect to user demand, FAA standards, site development considerations, anticipated costs, and funding priorities. It will identify and evaluate both short and long-term improvements needed at the Walla Walla Regional Airport for the next 20 years. The Port will identify and evaluate airport needs and proposed improvements based on:
- Airport use
- Community and regional aviation needs
- Industry trends
- Facility conditions
- FAA design standards
- Improvement cost
- FAA funding priorities
A Master Plan not only identifies future airport needs, it can also help to address ongoing planning challenges. The following items are the major actions addressed during the Plan process:
- Runway Utilization and Length Requirements
- Compliance with current FAA design and operational standards
- Passenger and General Aviation Terminal Building Needs
- Fixed Based Operator (FBO) Services and Facility Needs
- Identify future Airport Property Interests and Development Options
- Develop Updated Project Improvement Schedule and Costs
- Update Airport Layout Plan (ALP) Drawings
The Master Plan Report will describe the decisions made by the Port and other stakeholder during the planning process. The Port’s 20-year vision for the Airport will be illustrated on an Airport Layout Plan, which is a series of drawings that must comply with FAA guidance. The ALP drawings will serve as the Airport’s official planning record.
The Master Plan includes the following chapters and components. The narrative chapters may include appendices for identifying technical analysis used to develop the Plan recommendations. Draft chapters will be uploaded to this website following their review by the PAC.
- Chapter 1 Inventory
- Chapter 2 Aviation Demand Forecasts
- Chapter 3 Facility Developments
- Chapter 4 Improvement Alternatives
- Chapter 5 Implementation and Capital Improvement Plan
- Airport Layout Plan Drawings.
Technical analysis developed to prepare the Master Plan will be provided as appendices to the report.