It was full house the evening of February 5 at the Faraday Center in Carlsbad where an estimated 100 persons attended the first in a series of public workshops for developing the new master plan for McClellan-Palomar Airport. After opening remarks by Peter Drinkwater, director of County Airports, and Vince Hourigan of Kimley-Horn Consultants, the airport engineering firm hired to assist in the development of the plan, attendees rotated among four project stations set up in the large conference center where they got information and were able to pose questions directly to project team members. They also were able to offer their opinions for the future of the airport on comment forms and project surveys that will be considered in the development of the new airport master plan.
The crowed represented a mix of those who have business interests at the airport and members of the community interested in providing input and feedback on future airport aesthetics and operations.
The new airport master plan will provide decision-makers a roadmap for the airport with flexible options to meet the long-term needs of the community for the next 20 years. It will include requirements for facilities - including a possible runway extension as outlined in a recent feasibility study - operations, and safety, as well as strategies to meet those requirements. The old airport master plan was developed in 1997 and runs through 2015.
Developing the new master plan will include input from the public and user groups, environmental review, study of projected airport trends, and financial considerations. The master plan will ultimately be presented to the County Board of Supervisors for approval. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will also be required to sign off on the future layout of the airport.
Information on future workshops will be posted on the Palomar Airport Master Plan Update project webpage.
McClellan-Palomar Airport is one of eight airports and airparks operated by County of San Diego.