What is an Airport Master Plan?
An Airport Master Plan is a series of reports and plans developed to support the modernization or expansion of an existing airport such as the Waukegan National Airport. These Master Plans are composed of several planning elements, and they are prepared using the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Advisory Circular 150/5070‐6B titled “Airport Master Plans.”
An Airport Master Plan may include the following elements:
- inventory/existing conditions
- demand/capacity analysis
- facility requirements
- alternatives analysis
- airport layout plans
- financial analysis and
- environmental review
Keeping you current with news and information about the Waukegan National Airport is an important component of this project, specifically the master plan process. In this section of the website, you can access study reports and exhibits or contact project personnel. Available sections include Existing Conditions, Aviation Forecasts, and Facility Requirements.
Reports are not yet available for certain portions of the study. Currently, the United States Department of Agriculture – Wildlife Services is finishing up a Wildlife Hazard Assessment at the Airport.The revised alternatives chapter will be submitted to the FAA for review in the near future. Work will be beginning on the draft environmental assessment for review in Spring 2012.
Planning for the future of Waukegan National Airport will consist of 3 phases.
Phase I Airport Master Plan
The Master Plan will evaluate the existing airport facilities, forecast future aeronautical demand, evaluate the two primary alternatives that resulted from the Description of Proposed Action Alternatives, and identify future facility requirements.
Phase II Environmental Assessment
The Environmental Assessment will identify the purpose and need of the Airport Improvements, compares and evaluates the proposed alternatives, and discusses the affected environment and environmental consequences of airfield improvements.
Phase III Airport Layout Plan
The Airport Layout Plan is a graphical representation of the existing and proposed future airport facilities, their location on the airport, runway approach surfaces, and the applicable safety areas.