The Eugene City Council and the Lane County Board of Commissioners on Wednesday will hold a joint public hearing on the adoption of an updated Eugene Airport Master Plan.
The current airport master plan will replace its 2010 version and outline plans and goals for the facility through 2035. It provides guidance for possible airport facility improvements, financial and business planning, land use and project coordination.
The bodies at a joint meeting in November voted to begin the update adoption process.
No one spoke during the public testimony portions of that meeting. No one had signed up for public testimony by the time the agenda for Wednesday’s meeting was released.
The City Council and the commissioners are scheduled to vote on adoption of the master plan at meetings on Oct. 12 and Oct. 20, respectively.
“I’m hoping this is just a final acknowledgement the master plan is good to go and we can move forward,” said Acting Assistant Airport Director Andrew Martz.
The master plan calls for consolidating the airport’s two general aviation hangars, moving the flight school and adjusting parking and traffic patterns, he said.
Martz said a big part of the current master plan includes an expansion of the airport terminal to meet with the flight and passenger growth occurring before the pandemic. The number of passengers using the airport by July was down 51% compared to 2019.
Martz said it could be several years before the airport reached 2019 passenger levels.
Despite the nationwide downturn in air travel due to the pandemic, Martz said he doesn’t believe the master plan will require significant updates because it extends out so long.
“While some of the things in the master plan might not necessarily happen on the same timeline — there might be some delays — I definitely think the vision will remain the same,” Martz said.
The public hearing on the master plan is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. Wednesday. Those who want to watch the meeting can go to eugene-or.gov/3360/Webcasts-and-Meeting-Materials, where there is participation information.
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