Meet the planners |

Meet the planners

Steamboat Springs Airport consultants to host public forum about master plan

If you go

What: First public meeting with consultants hired to create a master plan for Steamboat Springs Airport

When: 7 p.m.

Where: Steamboat Springs Community Center, next to Bud Werner Memorial Library

Call: The city's Transit Operations Center at 879-3717 for more information.

— The public has a chance tonight to meet staff from the consulting firm chosen to update the master plan for Steamboat Springs Airport.

Dennis Corsi and Justin Pietz of Armstrong Consultants, an airport engineering and planning services firm based in Grand Junction, are hosting a public meeting at the Steamboat Springs Community Center. Corsi is Armstrong’s director of planning. Pietz is an airport planner with the firm.

George Krawzoff, transportation director for the city of Steamboat Springs, said the purpose of tonight’s meeting is to announce the beginning of the airport master plan update process and to describe topics to be studied by Armstrong staff.

The city has finalized a $216,000 contract with Armstrong to conduct the master plan study. Krawzoff said the Federal Aviation Administration has awarded the city a grant of $150,000 to help fund the study. The Colorado Aeronautical Board, part of the state Department of Transportation, will contribute more than $33,000 in grants. The city will pay the remaining amount – about $33,000.

The master plan study is part of a larger research process to assess future development options for the airport, which sits on a 255-acre site off Routt County Road 129, also known as Elk River Road. A second study, called a “comprehensive airport review,” or CAR, will occur alongside the master plan study during the next 18 months, Krawzoff said. That study will examine alternative uses for the airport site and will provide information that is “separate but parallel” to the master plan study, Krawzoff said.

The seven-member Steamboat Springs Airport Steering Committee, which began meeting last month, will determine the scope of work for both studies, assess the information gathered and eventually present a report of findings to the Steamboat Springs City Council.

The total cost of the two studies is nearly $317,000.

The committee has not yet begun to search for a consulting firm to conduct the CAR study, Krawzoff said, because the committee is determining exactly what that study should entail.

“It’s necessary to have the scope of work in place before seeking a consultant,” Krawzoff said.

Tonight’s meeting is the first of several to be hosted by Armstrong staff. Future meetings will be held as the master plan study progresses.

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