Opportunity for Public to Get the Facts as Plan Nears Completion
(Aspen, CO) As the Aspen Airport 20-year Master Planning process nears completion, the public is invited to the third community open house with Airport officials and planning consultants to hear where the master plan process is to date, see airport improvements that are recommended in the plan, and learn about how the airport finances improvements without using taxpayer dollars.
The open house will be held at the Pitkin County Library on Monday, June 18th from 6 to 8pm. Call 920-5204 for more information.
“During the master planning process we’ve worked closely with the community and listened to the public to come up with the best plan possible,” said Airport Director Jim Elwood.
In addition to working with the citizen’s airport master plan study committee, public planning charrettes and open houses have been held to gather community input. Presentations have been made to local businesses, neighborhood groups and county caucuses. Behind-the-scenes tours of the airport have also been a part of the outreach effort. In addition, a master plan website at www.aspenairportplanning.com is regularly updated with information about the plan’s progress.
During the master planning process, proposed hangar space on the west side of the runway has been reduced from 180,000 square feet to 19,400 square feet. Additional parking recommendations have been reconfigured to include a mix of surface and underground parking. The proposed new terminal remains in the plan, but officials stress that should a new terminal be built, its size and design remain to be decided, and the plans would be subject to rigorous public review.
“The design and size of a new airport terminal have not yet been determined,” Elwood stressed. “It’s likely a new terminal would be smaller than 80,000 square feet but in the spirit of good planning we’ve reserved the space with a 20-year outlook in mind. We understand that the community wants something that is in character with our values and efficiently serves the needs of travelers and the businesses that operate out of the airport,” Elwood said.
The master plan could be headed for a vote before Pitkin County Commissioners in August.