From time to time, this section will be updated to respond to input that is received during the course of the study.
An airport master plan is needed for two reasons. First, to establish a logical set of development parameters and timelines that will coincide with the airport's needs over time. Second, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) requires an up-to-date plan to remain eligible for federal grant funds. Many capital improvement projects are eligible to receive up to 90% funding from the federal government.
The airport master plan being conducted for the Tallahassee International Airport will consist of the following components:
1. An inventory of existing conditions.
2. Activity forecasts to identify growth trends and changing conditions.
3. Demand-Capacity analysis to assess improvement needs.
4. An overview of known environmental resources and land-use controls to identify potential on and off-airport related impacts.
5. A development plan to enhance safety and accommodate future growth and changing conditions.
6. An Implementation Plan or capital improvement plan that identifies funding sources and project sequencing for the short term (1 to 5 years), intermediate term (5 to 10 years), and long term (10 to 20 years).
7. An Airport Sustainability Plan that will include a preliminary baseline assessment of activities and resource consumption at TLH in order to identify opportunities for improvements. Sustainability goals, initiatives, and improvements will be identified for daily activities and infrastructure improvement projects that occur throughout the planning period.
The completion of the master planning process will result in the following two products:
1. Airport Layout Plan (ALP) - A set of plans that graphically depicts the phased development of the airport.
2. Airport Master Plan Report - A written report which technically justifies, through sufficiently detailed narrative descriptions and graphic presentation, the Airport Layout Plan.
Approval of the TLH Master Plan and Airport Layout Plan is obtained from the Tallahassee City Commission, which operates the airport, the Florida Department of Transportation, which approves the financially feasibility of the master plan, and the Federal Aviation Administration which ultimately approves the Airport Layout Plan. The FAA's approval of the plan represents acceptance of the general location of the future facilities depicted with respect to safety, efficiency, and utility of the airport. Additional approvals and steps are usually necessary before a project can move forward to the construction phase. The master planning process itself is interactive. During the course of the study, all interested parties will have an opportunity to participate. Interested parties include: airport users, tenants, local businesses, and residents from the surrounding communities.
Once approval is obtained from the Tallahassee City Commission, Federal Aviation Administration and Florida Department of Transportation, the findings of the master plan will be incorporated into the Tallahassee-Leon County Comprehensive Plan. The Federal Aviation Administration's approval of the Airport Layout Plan is the first step in the development process. Often, an environmental review will follow for a project or series of projects to be sought during a given timeframe (usually 5 years or less). After all necessary approvals are obtained, a project may then move forward to the construction phase.
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