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Airport master plan identifies goals

Dana Strongin

— The Steamboat Springs Airport Master Plan, which will be created in the public eye, will address a range of topics including finances and facilities.

The Steamboat Springs City Council voted unanimously in March to commission two studies of the airport: new master plan and an alternatives study.

The master plan will replace another that was completed in 1998, when officials anticipated the presence of commercial service at the airport. The master plan will cost more than $200,000; federal and state grant funds might pay for a majority.

On Tuesday, the council voted to approve the “scope of work” for the master plan project, which defines what the new plan will include.

Elements of the plan include a review of existing conditions, a review of environmental conditions, forecasts for aviation, facility requirements, development alternatives, airport layout plans and a financial feasibility analysis.

The project also will include a series of public meetings. George Krawzoff, the city’s director of transit and transportation services, has stressed the importance of involving the public in the project process.

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Other, more specific goals of the project include:

Documenting existing airport facilities and activity levels

Identifying the present and future roles of the airport

Quantifying the airport’s economic contribution to the community

Developing realistic phased development and maintenance plans for the airport

Screening proposed development projects for potential environmental impacts.

The alternatives study could cost $75,000 to $100,000. Topics could include determining the value of the airport land and the effects consolidation could have on Yampa Valley Regional Airport.

— To reach Dana Strongin, call 871-4229

or e-mail dstrongin@steamboatpilot.com