Welcome to the Online Open House for the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport Master Plan Update. The purpose of this Online Open House is to present the public review draft of the Master Plan Update and to gather public comments.
The Airport’s Master Plan Update is a lengthy document, and this Online Open House has been designed to outline the chapters and appendices of the Master Plan Update to assist in facilitating your review of the information therein.
This Online Open House will be live for 60 days, from June 30, 2014 through August 29, 2014. All comments received by the Master Plan Update team during this timeframe will be considered and responded to prior to publication of the Master Plan Update final draft. Comments relating to the Master Plan Update will continue to be accepted by the Airport after the close of the comment period, but will not be published in the final Master Plan Update. The final draft of the Master Plan Update is anticipated to be completed in the fall of 2014. The final draft of the Master Plan Update will be posted online at the Airport’s website, www.dot.state.ak.us/anc/.
What is a Master Plan Update? According to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) “an airport master plan is a comprehensive study of an airport and usually describes the short-, medium-, and long term development plans to meet future aviation demand.”
Master Plan Updates typically occur every 5 to 7 years. This Master Plan Update began in 2012 and has included a robust public and stakeholder involvement program. Read more about the Master Plan Update and the public involvement process to date, and review materials from all public meetings on the project website: www.ancmasterplan.com
The Public Review Draft Master Plan Update has 6 chapters and 11 appendices including the The Airport Layout Plan (ALP). In this Online Open House, we will provide a link (this icon represents a downloadable pdf file ) to each chapter and appendix, as well as a brief explanation of what information is included in each chapter and appendix.
Print copies of the public review draft of the Master Plan Update are available to review at the Z.J. Loussac Library in Anchorage, located at 3600 Denali Street Anchorage, AK, 99503 and at the ANC Administration Offices, located at 5000 West International Airport Road, Anchorage, AK, 99502, 4th Floor.
Chapter 1: Goals and Objectives
Chapter 2: Inventory of Existing Conditions
Chapter 3: Forecast Summary
Chapter 4: Facility Requirements
Chapter 5: Alternatives Development and Evaluation
Chapter 6: Implementation Plan
Appendix A: Public Involvement Summary
Appendix B: Communications Plan
Appendix C: Aircraft Deicing Fluid Management Strategies
Appendix D: Review of Solid Waste Recycling
Appendix E: Cultural Resources
Appendix F: Tony Knowles Coastal Trail Guiding Principles
Appendix G: Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting Training Facility Siting Study
Appendix H: Level of Service
Appendix I: Airfield Simulation
Appendix J: Cost Estimates
Appendix K: Airport Layout Plan (ALP)
This chapter presents the Airport’s Goals and Objectives for completing the Master Plan Update. Goals and Objectives consist of broad foundational statements to be adhered to and considered throughout the master planning process. The Airport’s Master Plan Update Goals and Objectives are:
These Goals and their respective Objectives were used to guide the planning process and provided the foundation for the evaluation criteria used to assess Master Plan Update development alternatives. Goals and Objectives for the Master Plan Update were presented for consideration to the public at the September 2012 Public Open House meeting as well as at the March 2013 meetings of the Working Group and Technical Advisory Committee.
The Inventory of Existing Conditions documents the existing conditions of the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport. Chapter 2 identifies what facilities are present at the Airport (terminals, gates, hangars, runways, etc.) and their respective functions. The Inventory also provides a comprehensive review of the Airport’s financial condition, environmental condition, history, regional setting, land use and operations. The Inventory of Existing Conditions is the baseline against which future needs are measured. A thorough understanding of the Airport’s existing condition is necessary to determine whether improvements or changes are needed to accommodate future aviation demand.
Results of the Master Plan Update Inventory of Existing Conditions were presented at the February 2013 Public Open House and associated Online Open House, as well as at the March 2013 meetings of the Working Group and Technical Advisory Committee.
Chapter 3 summarizes the types and levels of aviation activity anticipated to occur at the Airport over the 20-year forecast period, based on anticipated changes in the aviation industry and the economy. The forecast of aviation activity was prepared as part of the 2013 Alaska International Airport System (AIAS) Planning Study. The forecast of aviation activity anticipates near-term (2015), mid-term (2020 & 2025), and long-term (2030) aviation activity at the Airport.
The results of the forecast of aviation activity were shared at the September 2012 Public Open House, as well as the December 2012 meetings of the Working Group and Technical Advisory Committee.
Chapter 4 presents the results of the Facility Requirements analysis. The Facility Requirements Analysis assesses whether the existing facilities, as presented in the Inventory of Existing Conditions, will accommodate the forecast of aviation activity and meet Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) airport design and other standards.
For this Master Plan Update, the Airport used Planning Activity Levels (PAL) that represent projected future levels of activity to assess Facility Requirements. Planning Activity Levels are anticipated levels of demand that are not associated with a specific point in time. Therefore, if growth occurs faster than anticipated, facilities would be required sooner than anticipated. Conversely, if growth occurs more slowly than anticipated, facilities would be required later than anticipated or, potentially, not at all.
Facility Requirements for the Master Plan Update were presented at the March 2013 Public Open House Meeting and associated Online Open House, as well as the April 2013 meetings of the Working Group and Technical Advisory Committee.
The Alternatives Development and Evaluation chapter describes the five alternatives for possible future development of the Airport that were developed to meet Facility Requirements. Alternatives included one minimal action alternative and four development alternatives. Each alternative was evaluated against criteria based on the Goals and Objectives described in Chapter 1, and each alternative was evaluated for its technical merit based on anticipated cost, capacity, delay savings, and noise impacts. The chapter concludes with a recommended plan for future development, which reflects a demand dependent phased approach, and summarizes the rationale supporting the decision.
Draft alternatives were presented at the May 2013 Public Open House and associated Online Open House, and at the May 2013 meetings of the Working Group and Technical Advisory Committee. The draft results of the Alternatives Evaluation were presented at the September 2013 Public Open House and associated Online Open House, and at the September 2013 meetings of the Working Group and Technical Advisory Committee.
The Implementation Plan describes the process the Airport will use to implement each of the Master Plan Update recommended projects. The Implementation Plan describes what events would trigger the need for each recommended project and provides the Airport with considerations to evaluate prior to initiating development. Triggers include facility lifecycles, growth and congestion, and policy and regulation changes. Potential sources of funding for each project are also presented.
The Implementation Plan was presented at the December 2013 Public Open House and associated Online Open House.
Appendix A, Public Involvement Summary, outlines the Master Plan Update’s comprehensive public involvement program, which has been ongoing since the project began in July 2012. The summary outlines benefits of the public involvement, lists participating stakeholders, and documents the public involvement tools used to share information and collect input. The public involvement program met the Airport’s public involvement goals for the Master Plan Update. This is documented in the Public Involvement Summary.
All comments received by the Master Plan Update team received consideration and response. Responses to comments were issued using four Comment Response Reports which are available on the website and below:
The Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport Layout Plan (ALP) summarizes the recommended projects and each project’s justification. The ALP includes a description of the Airport, an overview of the aviation forecast, a list of recommended projects sorted by PAL, and clarifies changes from previous ALPs. The ALP also depicts the existing facilities and planned development.
Your input is appreciated. Please provide a comment during this Online Open House by clicking the “comment form” link on the bottom left hand side of your screen. You can also make comments on the Master Plan Update website: www.ancmasterplan.com/comment/ or via mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Comments are requested by August 29, 2014. Comments received during this 60-day review of the public review draft Master Plan Update will be considered and addressed in the final Master Plan Update document. Following the conclusion of the Master Plan Update, the Airport will continue to accept comments from the public on Airport related issues using its existing communications protocol outlined in the Communications Plan.
Following receipt of public comments, the Airport will consider input and complete the final Master Plan Update documents. The final Master Plan Update will be made publicly available on the Master Plan Update website and on the Airport’s website. This will conclude the Master Plan Update process.
Thank you for reviewing this Online Open House. We appreciate your time and participation in this Master Plan Update.