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"Airport master plan for Solano County's Nut Tree Airport moves forward"

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Airport master plan for Solano County's Nut Tree Airport moves forward
By Melissa Murphy
The Vacaville (CA) Reporter

An environmental analysis is the next stop on the county's flight toward an
updated Nut Tree Airport Master Plan.

A unanimous decision Tuesday by the Solano County Board of Supervisors
enables the airport to move forward with an environmental review of a
preferred plan for the facility's future. The environmental review will be
included in the updated Master Plan.

After a public hearing on Tuesday, where no one from the public spoke,
supervisors agreed with staff that "Preferred Alternative 3" was the best
option to scrutinize during the environmental process to be completed in

Preferred Alternative 3 plans for and accommodates current and long-term
aviation demand at the airport, includes a 200-foot move of the runway
threshold to comply with Federal Aviation Administration standards,
preserves the area for a possible extension of the runway by 600 feet for a
total of 5,300 feet, provides for aviation and non-aviation development of
airport property and provides for short and long-term capital facility

The plan will not only evaluate the short and long term aviation activity,
but it also identifies aviation and non-aviation development areas.

The plan will also be a basis for the environmental review and for the
Federal Aviation Administration to give funds for capital improvements at
the airport.

Capital projects planned to be completed in 2013-2016 under the preferred
alternative include runway stabilization, shifting the runway 200 feet to
the north, relocating fencing and other obstructions, and construction of
new hangars.

The plan also forecasts through 2032, where staff expects to see a 21
percent increase in aircraft operations, 22 percent increase in based
aircraft, an increase in business aircraft and an increase in demand for
large and small aircraft hangars.

Additionally, during the process to update the plan, there will be more
community meetings.

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