History and Master Plan
GRANT FUNDING SUMMARY
The current Master Plan Update will concentrate on assessing the existing conditions and future needs at the airport. This assessment begins with an inventory of the existing facilities, forecasts future aviation traffic demands, discusses the demand for future growth, and analyze facility and navigational aid requirements. Various development alternatives will be considered along with their potential effect environment. Cost estimates for recommended development are presented will also be presented in the Master Plan and include anticipated funding levels from federal, state, local, and private sources.
The current Master Plan Update will concentrate on assessing the existing conditions and future needs at the airport.
The primary goals and objectives of the current Master Plan and Environmental Assessment are to:
• Develop a Localizer approach (with approach lights) to Runway 11 to better accommodate aircraft traffic during periods of adverse weather.
• Evaluate feasibility of ILS approach.
• Lengthen and strengthen Runway 11-29 in preparation for commuter air service, commercial and other general aviation use.
• Determine the needed additional infrastructure to accommodate future commuter air service, commercial and other general aviation use.
• Recommend and develop a land acquisition program for the Airport to accommodate general aviation and commuter air service development for the 20-year planning period.
• Provide areas for additional general aviation apron and hangar (both T-hangar and conventional) development.
• Further refine orientation and layout for future development needs.
• Analyze existing and future obstructions to the FAR Part 77 surfaces.
AIRPORT COMPATIBLE LAND USE
The attached Airport Cooperative Research Program Report discusses airport-compatible land-use requirements, the legal issues related to achieving airport compatible land use, and legal issues particular to eliminating hazardous obstructions to airspace. The report concludes by reviewing the major legal issues of concern in achieving airport-compatible land use. This report should be helpful to airport administrators, attorneys, board members, financial offers, community members in the vicinity of airports, realtors, and city and county zoning officials, In addition to the above, Chapter 43 of the St. Mary's County Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance contains a detailed description of Compatible Use Zones and Airport Environs for development of airports, airfields and heliports. Please also refer to the Airport Airspace and Airport Zoning drawings.
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