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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.”
Usually, Master Plan Updates occur every 5 to 7 years. It has been 11 years since the last Master Plan Update for the Anchorage Airport was adopted in 2002. Planning efforts in 2008 resulted in a study report that was not formally adopted as a Master Plan Update.
The Master Plan Update will take about 18 months to complete (June 2012 through December 2013), with the final report available for public review in early 2014. In September 2013, the Airport shared the Draft Plan for Future Development with the public. At this Public Open House 7 meeting, the Airport shared their Final Plan for ensuring the Airport’s ability to meet long-term aviation needs. The Final Plan includes the recommended projects that were shown on the Draft Plan. For each recommended project, the Airport identified trigger points that would establish the need for future Airport development.
A list of the meetings that were held throughout the Master Plan Update process is available on the Master Plan Update website, www.ancmasterplan.com.
The thorough public involvement process conducted by the Master Plan Update team helped play a significant role in shaping the outcome of this Master Plan Update process. This board lists a few of the ways in which public input has been incorporated into the Final Plan.
Public involvement is an important component of the Master Plan Update process. Since the last Public Open House in September, the Master Plan Update team shared information about the Airport’s Draft Plan for Future Development and gathered public feedback through stakeholder meetings, various presentations, and e-newsletters. We have collected public comments and shared them with the planning team and the Airport for consideration.
We appreciate everyone who has participated in the public process and provided comments and feedback.
The Airport understands the importance of public involvement in the Master Plan Update process. As part of a comprehensive public involvement program, the Master Plan Update team is actively tracking and responding to comments received from the public. To date, comments have been considered by the planning team in the preparation of the following technical work:
Three reports are now available that summarize all comments received via email, mail, comment forms, website, and comments / questions at public meetings and listening posts through October 11, 2013. Comment-Response Report #1 provides responses to the comments received through April 1 and 2013, Comment-Response Report #2 provides responses to comments received through June 30, 2013. The planning team is working on responses to comments included in Report #3 and will share them online when they are available. You can review these reports here:
Comments received after October 11, 2013 will be addressed in the final Master Plan Update document. The planning team also has held many one-on-one stakeholder meetings, (see the list on our website), Working Group and Technical Advisory Committee (see materials on our library page), and conducted other outreach to collect input.
Public comments received since the September 12, 2013 Public Open House represented a diversity of viewpoints and opinions. This poster shows some examples of the different kinds of input that were received from the public. You can review public comments received in the Comment-Response Reports (see previous slide).
As requested by the public, the Airport has prepared a Communications Plan as part of the Master Plan Update. The draft document is now available for public review:
This letter from the AIAS Airlines Affairs Committee to the Anchorage International Airport, dated September 2013, clarifies the Airlines’ position and current approach to potential additional capacity at ANC.
Click on the image or here to view the letter.
We have completed the alternatives development and evaluation phase of the Master Plan Update. As a reminder, inputs to the alternatives development and evaluation phase included the aviation activity forecast (available here www.dot.alaska.gov/aias/news.shtml#forecasts), goals and objectives, evaluation criteria, inventory of existing conditions, and facility requirements. Each of these inputs was shared with the public for feedback throughout the past year.
Based on these inputs, five draft development alternatives were prepared and shared with the public in May 2013 (available for review at www.ancmasterplan.com). After technical analysis was conducted to measure how well the five draft alternatives met the evaluation criteria, the Airport shared their Draft Plan for Future Development at a public open house in September 2013. Over the past several months, the Airport worked to refine the draft plan. The next several slides show the Airport’s Final Plan for Future Development and identified trigger points that would establish the need for future Airport development and public comments.
Comments on the Final Plan for Future Development will be addressed in the final Master Plan Update document.
The Master Plan Update Goals and Objectives provided the foundation for the evaluation criteria. In addition, members of the Anchorage Airport Master Plan Update Working Group and Technical Advisory Committee, and members of the public were invited to provide comments and additional draft evaluation criteria that were also considered by the Master Plan Update team.
The evaluation criteria were used to evaluate Airport development alternatives.
The Plan for Future Airport Development is a demand dependent, phased approach that incorporates the best elements of the draft alternatives. It is adaptable to future demand levels and is financially responsible. Ultimately, it prepares the Airport to meet a variety of future scenarios. The Plan for Future Development has four phases.
Phase 1 of the Final Plan for Future Development is a minimal development plan which includes those projects necessary to keep the Airport compliant with FAA airport design standards. This includes the widening and shortening of Runway 15-33 to protect runway safety areas and realigning the angled taxiways between Runway 7L-25R and Runway 7R-25L with 90-degree taxiways to enhance airfield safety. The preferred lands for tenant financed development are also identified in the South and North Airpark. Other improvements include a fuel storage facility expansion area in the West Airpark, and potential hotel site and Ground Run-up enclosure. Overall, Phase 1 would enable the Airport to continue operating efficiently and safely at current traffic volumes.
Phase 1 would not meet long-term forecast demand.
Phase 2 of the Final Plan for Future Development is to optimize existing infrastructure at Anchorage International Airport. In addition to all Phase 1 improvements, Phase 2 includes modifications to the existing preferential runway use program. Phase 2 would enable the Airport to operate more efficiently at slightly higher traffic levels by permitting more aircraft departures from the east-west runways, over Anchorage, during the daytime (7 AM – 10 PM) only. During peak landing periods, aircraft would land on Runway 15 and 7R and takeoff from Runway 7L. During peak takeoff periods, aircraft would land on Runway 7R and takeoff from Runway 33 and Runway 7L.
Phase 2 also includes the development of four additional pull-through cargo parking positions and adjacent Taxiway U and P extensions. Preferred land for tenant financed development is identified in the North Airpark east of existing Postmark Drive. This development is supported by a partial realignment of Postmark Drive; all access to existing tenant leaseholds would be maintained. In Phase 2, the existing North Terminal concourse is demolished but the terminal lobby is maintained. Five additional gates would be added with a new South Terminal Concourse.
Phase 2 optimizes the existing Airport facilities and defers the need to consider an additional runway. Phase 2 has a relatively low airfield capital cost.
In May 2013, five draft terminal alternatives were shared with the public. The intention of the draft terminal alternatives shown on the five airfield alternative drawings was that any terminal alternative could be paired with any airside alternative. Following a terminal alternatives evaluation process, a Preferred Terminal Alternative was selected. The Preferred Terminal Alternative involves the demolition of the existing North Terminal concourse. International traffic at the North Terminal would be relocated to a new South Terminal concourse built with five additional gates. The North Terminal lobby would remain and be used by airport personnel or in the future, potentially for other tenant uses as demand warrants. The Preferred Terminal Alternative also shows a potential hotel site located in the North Terminal parking lot area.
The Preferred Terminal Alternative presented is believed to best meet the Master Plan Update Goals and Objectives. It would consolidate all passengers to the South Terminal, right-size terminal facilities, provide better passenger amenities, and is estimated to cost about $125 million. The Airport anticipates that the Preferred Terminal Alternative could be implemented within the next 10 years as passenger growth continues and / or as the equipment falls into a state beyond ongoing repair or maintenance.
The Master Plan Update team has drafted a memo outlining the preliminary results of the noise analysis conducted for Phase 2 (Optimization of Anchorage International Airport) of the Airport's Development Plan, which proposes modifications to the Airport's Preferential Runway Use Program during daytime hours. The memo, which was distributed to Master Plan Update stakeholders via e-newsletter on December 10, 2013, is available here.
Phase 3 of the Final Plan for Future Development is to optimize the Alaska International Airport System (AIAS). In addition to all Phase 1 and 2 improvements, Phase 3 would enable the Alaska International Airport System (comprising Anchorage and Fairbanks International Airports) to operate more efficiently at higher traffic levels. Although no new improvements are included at Anchorage International Airport, Phase 3 would require additional development at Fairbanks International Airport. It could require financial incentives to encourage some cargo airlines to operate at Fairbanks instead of Anchorage.
Phase 4 of the Final Plan for Future Development would expand the Airport by constructing a new north/south runway. In addition to all Phase 1 and 2 improvements, Phase 4 would include the development of a new widely spaced north/south runway with associated taxiways at Anchorage International Airport. Development of a new runway would occur only if growth in traffic at Anchorage International Airport reaches the highest forecast levels and the existing Airport and system have been optimized to their maximum practicable extent.
The Plan for Future Development is a demand dependent, phased approach. Each phase represents a development objective.
The phases are not sequential. Projects associated with a given phase will be implemented as they are needed. The need (i.e. Trigger) for a given project may result from growth and congestion, facility lifecycle, or policy and regulation changes.
The demand dependent, phased approach enables the Airport to develop in a financially responsible manner while adapting to meet future needs.
Following completion of the Master Plan Update at the beginning of 2014, the Airport would monitor traffic levels and delay, and only implement future phases if and when demand materializes. This poster shows the additional steps that would need to be completed before any construction could occur.
Each phase of the Plan for Future Development includes a series of recommended projects to implement. However, at what point would a decision need to be made and action required to maintain a safe, efficient, and compliant operation of the Airport? For each of the Master Plan Update recommended projects, the trigger points were identified. Trigger points are based on growth and congestion, facility lifecycle, and / or policy / regulation changes.
A Future Land Use Map was developed to identify Airport property land classifications and guide future Airport development decisions. The Future Land Use Plan is meant to be used to help make decisions regarding how to develop a parcel of land and manage existing / future leases.
Many public comments have been received that address the desire to maintain the Coastal Trail. There is no plan to remove or obstruct the Coastal Trail under any phase of the Final Plan for Future Development. The Airport has been a steward of the portions of the Trail on its property since the Trail’s construction. The Airport is committed to maintaining a contiguous Coastal Trail.
The Airport Master Plan Update acknowledges that an additional runway is included in Phase 4 to accommodate forecast growth if significant growth were to occur and the existing facilities were optimized to their maximum practicable extent. If a new runway were constructed on the west side of the Airport, it would require realignment of portions of the Coastal Trail. If and when demand levels merit consideration of an additional runway, the Airport would work with the Municipality of Anchorage, trail users and other stakeholders to mitigate impacts to the Coastal Trail such that the Coastal Trail experience is maintained or enhanced. In light of that possibility, the planning team has developed guiding principles for use in potential future efforts, which are highlighted on this poster and will be documented in the Master Plan Update helping to ensure ongoing stewardship of the Coastal Trail.
Public comments and a high-level planning review of best practices resulted in these ideas and images for use in potential future efforts. Please make a comment if you have other ideas or considerations that you think should be documented for future potential planning efforts if the Coastal Trail needed to be rerouted to accommodate Airport development.
The Alaska International Airport System (AIAS) includes the two major international airports serving the State of Alaska, Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (ANC) and Fairbanks International Airport (FAI). The AIAS System Planning Study developed a Forecast Technical Report for the AIAS that is being used by the Anchorage Airport Master Plan Update. The reports are available online at: http://dot.alaska.gov/aias/news.shtml
The FAA accepted forecast of passenger enplanements (people boarding airplanes) for Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport anticipates growth of approximately 1.3% per year for the duration of the Master Plan’s 20 year planning horizon (through 2030). Growth of 1.3% is below that of historical averages.
The FAA accepted forecast of cargo tonnage for Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport anticipates growth of approximately 2.9% per year for the duration of the 20-year planning horizon (through 2030). Growth of 2.9% is below that of historical averages for the previous 20 year period.
The FAA accepted forecast of operations (airplane take-offs and landings) for Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport anticipates growth of approximately 1.4% per year for the duration of the 20 year planning horizon (through 2030). Growth of 1.4% is below that of historical averages.
The FAA accepted forecast of aviation activity for Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport is below that of previous planning studies completed in 2002 and 2008. Further, the Airport has experienced a period of no to moderate growth over the past ten year period. However, it is anticipated that modest future growth will result in the Airport accommodating more passengers, cargo, and operations over the 20 year planning period. It is anticipated that by approximately 2022, the Airport will return to historic peak operations levels and continue to become busier.
Click here to view the presentation (16 mb) given at the December 11th Public Open House in Anchorage.
Your input is appreciated. Please provide a comment during this Online Open House by clicking the “comment” link on the bottom left hand side of your screen. While you are welcome to submit comments at any point during the Master Plan Update process, comments on Final Plan for Future Development will be addressed in the final Master Plan Update document.