(Aspen, CO) Draft concepts for the airport terminal, airport public transit and parking will be highlights of upcoming Airport 20-year Master Plan open house on Monday May 23rd from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. The public is encouraged to attend and give feedback at the event that will be held at the Airport Operations Center on Owl Creek Road on the west side of the runway.
“After a series of meetings and planning charrettes, our consultant is coming back to us with some draft concepts,” said Airport Director Jim Elwood. “We’ll be looking at concepts for our terminal over the next 20 years in addition to discussing parking and public transit options, among other things. It’s more important than ever that we get public feedback at this stage of the process,” Elwood said.
This is the second comprehensive 20-year master planning effort at the airport. The first effort completed in 2004 resulted in a recommendation to the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) for a runway extension and the completion of the Airport Operations Center on the west side of the runway, among other improvements. The Airport Operations Center was built in 2006 and construction of the airport extension is currently underway.
The airport planning firm of Mead and Hunt is leading the effort. Paid for with a grant from the Federal Aviation Administration, the updated master plan is expected to result in recommendations to the BOCC for enhancements at the airport into the future. The current master planning process is expected to be completed in late winter or early spring 2012.
The public can follow the master planning process online at www.aspenairportplanning.com.