The Master Plan Process

The Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport is updating its Master Plan. When completed, the Master Plan will serve as a road map for the development of the Airport over the next 20 years that will satisfy anticipated changes in aviation demand, meet current safety standards, improve operating efficiencies, and incorporate new technologies and modernizations. This plan will also place emphasis on supporting the area’s economic vitality and growth through coordinated inter-local planning and development initiatives.

 

 

What is a Master Plan?

A Master Plan is a comprehensive study that will identify facility needs and evaluate alternatives to provide guidance for the future development of the Airport. The information identified through the master planning process will ensure the continued operation of a safe, efficient, and environmentally compatible airport while providing an opportunity to identify and consider strategic development opportunities that support area business and jobs.

The Master Plan will identify improvements that conform to Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) safety standards and BHM’s specific operating environment within a strategic framework intended to advance the competitive position of the region we serve.

 

The Master Plan

 

 

When is The Master Plan Update occurring?

The Master Plan was initiated in late 2014 and will be complete in 2016.

What happens after the plan is finished?

An environmental study is undertaken to evaluate near-term projects needed in the first 3 to 5 years. An environmental study may include an independent reinvestigation of alternatives, public process, and refinement to the master plan’s recommendations once complete.

Once environmental approvals are obtained, the near-term projects are undertaken over 2-4 years and a new environmental study is started.

How long will the plan remain in place?

As long as needed. Master plans for airports similar in size and activity to BHM are typically updated every 5 to 10 years, depending on the changes experienced. Master plans may be limited or comprehensive. This master plan effort includes a comprehensive 20-year evaluation.

Once environmental approvals are obtained, the near-term projects are undertaken over 2-4 years and a new environmental study is started.

Will community input be sought? How? When?

This master plan process will utilize a robust stakeholder outreach process intended to be educational and collaborative. For more information visit STAKEHOLDER/PUBLIC PROCESS.