Public input focus of airport process

Vernon residents and business owners can have a say on the future of the local airport.

Vernon residents and business owners can have a say on the future of the local airport.

A public open house will be held at the Lakers Clubhouse Sept. 17 from 4 to 8 p.m. as part of the master airport plan draft.

“Planning staff from the City of Vernon will be asking for resident input on the proposed development alternatives prior to presenting the plan to council,” said Tanya Laing Gahr, communications co-ordinator.

“The airport master plan will provide direction for the future development of the Vernon Regional Airport over the next 20 years.”

Four development alternatives are proposed within the draft plan.

Each of the alternatives provides a different level of development, including airfield enhancements within the current airport site (hangars, helipad, terminal upgrade, apron and taxiway), a runway extension to 1,220 metres towards Okanagan Lake and optional eastward expansion of the airport.

“A new airport master plan is necessary for the city as significant changes have occurred in the aviation industry and within Vernon over the last several years,” said Laing Gahr.

“Economic growth and demographic shifts in Vernon and in the Okanagan have affected the city’s development and employment base. All of these factors changed the level and the type of the airport’s usage for personal and corporate users.”

Development options and more information are available at www.vernon.ca/airportmasterplan.