Prudent and sound management of an airport includes the determination of future needs and aspirations of the facility and its users. Waukegan National Airport is pursuing new updates to past planning efforts and proceeding ahead on preparation of an environmental assessment. Over the last several years, UGN has prepared a series of planning reports. Those past documents are available for review in the Archived Files.
Criteria used by UGN as guidelines for planning efforts comes from the Federal Aviation Administration. FAA Advisory Circulars and Orders give airport sponsors direction on steps that need to be taken to garner FAA approvals and acceptances. Click here to access FAA planning documents.
Airport planning is based in the forecasts of aeronautical operations for the airfield. A new forecast is being prepared and will be submitted to the Federal Aviation Administration for approval. The forecast will project future aircraft operations, by type and amount. A determination of what critical aircraft is expected to use UGN in the next 20 years or more will also be defined. The report will review the need for future airfield facilities such as runways, taxiways, aircraft parking aprons and instrument approach procedures. Existing airport design constraints will be addressed, and options created to remove them.