Airport Planning and Development

The Prescott Airport is a key community asset owned and operated by the City of Prescott for the benefit of its users such as USFS fire fighting aircraft, emergency medical aircraft, aircraft owners, flight schools, and cargo companies like UPS as well as airline passengers and members of the general public.  A key tool used by the City of Prescott in the management of this asset for the community is airport planning and development.

Airport planning and development is a systematic process utilized to establish guidelines for the efficient development of airports that is consistent with local, state and national goals.  A key objective of airport planning is to assure the effective use of airport resources in order to satisfy the aviation demand of the community in a financially feasible manner.  It provides the foundation for operation of an airport to meet the needs of the users by creating a plan not only for the development but also for the process used to implement the planned projects.  A number of federal requirements govern various development projects, as well as the planning and development process.

Airport planning may be as broad based as the national system plan or more centrally focused as an airport master plan or individual project plan for an specific airport.  The primary types of airport planning may basically be classified as follows:

  1. National System Planning (NPIAS)
  2. State Airport System Planning (SASP)
  3. Metropolitan Airport System Planning
  4. Local Airport Master and Project Development Planning

For an individual airport, the owners more closely identify with the Airport Master Plan for their airport.  An airport master plan represents the airport’s blueprint for long-term (5-20 year) development.  A few of the goals of a master plan are:

  • To provide a graphic representation of existing airport features, future airport development and anticipated land use.
  • To establish a realistic schedule for implementation of the proposed development
  • To identify an realistic financial plan to support the development
  • To validate the plan technically and procedurally through investigation of concepts and alternatives on technical, economic and environmental grounds.
  • To prepare and present a plan to the public that adequately addresses all relevant issues and satisfies local, state and federal regulations.
  • To establish a framework for a continuous planning process.


Airport Development

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Development Incentives

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Private Development

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Airport Economic Impact

Find out more about how the airport impacts economic development in the Prescott area.