The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) recommends that airport master plans be updated every five to ten years to keep them current. The last update occurred in 2004. Two components of the master plan, the Forecast of Aviation Activity Demand and Airport Layout Plan, require FAA approval before federal funds may be used to pay for a recommended master plan project. A master plan is an important resource for both the airport and the FAA, as it helps guide the planning and implementation of infrastructure so that the airport’s capacity is in balance with regional demand. Further, planning ahead helps ensure the airport’s financial sustainability by setting priorities and identifying reasonable alternatives to meet the needs of the region.
The FAA is funding 95 percent of this Master Plan Update through an Airport Improvement Program grant. The FAA is also responsible for approving the Forecast of Aviation Activity Demand and the Airport Layout Plan; these approvals allow for recommended projects from the Master Plan Update to be eligible in the future for federal funding.