City seeks input on plan for future of Steamboat Springs Airport
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — If you’ve got something to say about the Steamboat Springs Airport, the city wants to hear from you.
The airport is developing a new master plan, which will be used to guide decisions about infrastructure and operations at the airport in the coming years.
What: Steamboat Springs Airport master plan open house
When: 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31
Where: Steamboat Springs FBO Terminal, 3499 Airport Circle
Comments can also be submitted online at any point in the master planning process by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Visit steamboatsprings.net/688/Master-Plan for additional information.
The city will host an open house from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31, where city staff and the consultants working on the plan will answer questions and gather feedback. Poster boards presenting information about airport facilities and issues the new master plan might seek to address will also be displayed.
“We’re really seeking input on issues,” said Project Manager Leah Henderson, who works for DOWL, the engineering firm assembling the plan.
She said anyone concerned with things such as future land use, noise or airport facilities or any other matter related to the municipal airport should submit feedback in person or online.
There is no formal presentation, Henderson said, and the event will be a casual, drop-in open house.
This is the first of three public meetings on the airport master plan. Two more meetings are planned, one at the end of April and another at the end of June, Henderson said.
To develop the plan, consultants will look at what issues and infrastructure exist at the airport today and, based on historic operations, try to determine needs for the future.
“It’s a 20-year look at what needs to happen at the airport to accommodate the operations that are going to occur — how do you phase those projects, and how do you fund those projects?” Henderson said.
The most recent airport master plan was created in 2008. The new plan is expected to be completed at the end of this year.
Henderson said public feedback early on in the process can generate a better plan. Comments are welcome at any time, and the more people who follow along with the process at steamboatsprings.net/688/Master-Plan, the better, she said.
“The more public involvement we have and the earlier the public gets involved, the better plan that we’ll come up with,” she said.
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