Reminder: Public Comments Still Being Accepted
The Anchorage Airport will continue to accept comments on the Master Plan Update in 2014. Comments will be accepted through the release of the draft Master Plan Update report (estimated Spring 2014), at which time the public will have an opportunity to comment on the document prior to final publication. The Airport will consider and respond to all comments received.
Review the Draft Master Plan Materials
If you missed the December 11 meeting, you can review the presentation and meeting materials on our library page. The library page also has materials from the six other public open house events that the Master Plan Update team has held since June 2012.
Public Involvement to Date
Community participation and input is at the heart of this Master Plan Update and has been ongoing from June 2012 to date and included 7 public open houses, 7 Working Group meetings, 5 Technical Advisory Committee meetings, 280,000 postcard notifications, 22 e-newsletters and 75 stakeholder meetings. Since the project's initiation in the summer of 2012, the Anchorage International Airport Master Plan Update team has been accepting and responding to public comments using a series of comment response reports (available in the project website library). For more information visit our public involvement page, meeting notices, and library pages.
The Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport Master Plan Update will strategically position the Airport for the future by maximizing operational efficiency and business effectiveness, as well as maximizing property availability for aviation development through efficient planning. The Master Plan Update was initiated in June 2012 and is anticipated to conclude in 2014. The Master Plan Update includes a robust public and stakeholder involvement program. The Airport has entered into a contract with the firm Reynolds Smith and Hills, Inc. (RS&H) to lead this effort.
What is a Master Plan Update and why is it needed?
According to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), "an airport master plan is a comprehensive study of an airport and usually describes the short-, medium-, and long-term development plans to meet future aviation demand." United States commercial service airports are encouraged by the FAA to update master plans every five to seven years.
It has been 10 years since the last Master Plan Update was adopted for Anchorage International Airport in 2002. A partial update was undertaken between 2006 and 2008 that resulted in a study report but was not adopted.
This Master Plan Update is necessary so that the Airport can make informed decisions about infrastructure investments and is prepared to meet future demand for landings and take offs, passengers, cargo, and general aviation.
What's happening now?
The Master Plan Update will be an 18-month process resulting in a final Master Plan Update Report to be published at the conclusion of the process. In December, the Airport presented a draft final plan for future development at an Open House. The Anchorage International Airport’s Master Plan Update will be finalized in early 2014, at which time the public will have an opportunity to comment on the document prior to final publication. Sign up for the e-newsletter to receive future updates and notifications.
Visit our Project Library to peruse the Master Plan Update project materials to date.
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