An Airport Master Plan is a process to plan for the short, intermediate, and long term development goals of the Airport.  The Monterey Regional Airport Master Plan is being undertaken to evaluate the Airport’s capabilities and role, to forecast future aviation demand, and to plan for new or expanded facilities that may be required to meet that demand.  The Airport Master Plan will have a 20-year planning horizon and will be developed through a combination of professional and public involvement as described below.

The goal of the Airport Master Plan is to provide the framework needed to guide future airport development that will cost-effectively satisfy aviation demand, while considering potential environmental and socioeconomic issues.  The Airport Master Plan will not include land use policies that would guide growth in the manner that a specific plan or general plan would provide, nor does it work in conjunction with any type of implementing regulations, such as a zoning ordinance.  Rather, the Airport’s Master Plan is essentially a facility planning study that sets forth a conceptual framework for possible future airport development.

Some of the specific objectives of the Master Plan for the Monterey Regional Airport include the following:
•   Maintain and ensure the safety and security of the Airport;
•   Plan for phased, incremental development that meets foreseeable aviation demand and maintains flexibility for change; and
•   Evaluate sustainability options and environmental requirements.

The Airport Master Plan is intended to be a proactive document which identifies and then plans for future facility needs well in advance of the actual need for the facilities.  This is done to ensure that the Monterey Peninsula Airport District (MPAD) can coordinate project approvals, design, financing, and construction to avoid experiencing detrimental effects due to inadequate facilities.

Following Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) guidelines for a qualifications-based consultant selection process, MPAD selected Coffman Associates, Inc., to undertake the Airport Master Plan.  The structure of the Airport Master Plan also follows FAA guidelines; the FAA will consider and approve the Airport’s aviation forecasts and its Airport Layout Plan (ALP), which are the technical drawings of the current and planned airport layout.  The Airport Master Plan process is anticipated to take approximately 18 months to complete, followed by agency reviews and approvals.

Draft chapters of the Airport Master Plan will be presented to, and reviewed by, a volunteer Planning Advisory Committee (PAC) that has been selected by the consultant to represent a broad constituency of airport stakeholders.  The PAC includes representatives from FAA, the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), airport businesses, tenants, area economic development interests, neighborhood associations, area city governments, and local citizen interest groups.  The PAC has been limited to 25 members to help facilitate detailed discussion and exchange of ideas.  Five public information workshops are also planned at strategic points in the process to encourage citizens to learn more about the future plans for the Airport.