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Improving Airport Master Planning through Meaningful Stakeholder and Public Participation

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A guidebook containing valuable information for airport managers and planners, including case studies and the identification of best practices to assist airport internal and external stakeholders in optimizing the usefulness of the master planning process, and ways in which said process can help airport managers articulate to the external public and stakeholders the need to solve challenges they face:

 

- Stakeholder involvement methods, including the identification of the airport's role for economic development: what are the forms of stakeholder involvement in the airport master planning process that lead to a better acceptance or even an improvement of the plan?

 

- Incorporation of public and stakeholder input (for instance of airlines) in the master planning process): how do stakeholder's comments influenced a component of a master plan and what are methods of introducing flexibility in the master plan?

 

- Development of multiple airport improvement options: can the planning process let alternatives/solutions emerge that were different from those envisioned initially before the process began?

Background (Describe the current situation or problem in the industry, and how your idea would address it.)

The airport master planning process is an essential step to receive AIP funding. FAA's guidance on Airport Master Plans was updated over 3 years ago, but air transportation is evolving ever faster. NextGen, UAVs, Google, Uber (ground and perhaps air), and just air service itself is ever changing. FAA's guidance on Citizen Participation is currently being updated for the first time since 1975.

How can airports make the best use of engaging its "public" (stakeholders, employees, tenants, citizen's groups for developing master plans that can respond to the industries uncertainty and volatility?

Objective (What is the desired product or result that will help the airport industry?)

"A guidebook containing valuable information for airport managers and planners, including case studies and the identification of best practices to assist airport internal and external stakeholders in optimizing the usefulness of the master planning process, and ways in which said process can help airport managers articulate to the external public and stakeholders the need to solve challenges they face:

- Stakeholder involvement methods, including the identification of the airport's role for economic development: what are the forms of stakeholder involvement in the airport master planning process that lead to a better acceptance or even an improvement of the plan?

- Incorporation of public and stakeholder input (for instance of airlines) in the master planning process): how do stakeholder's comments influenced a component of a master plan and what are methods of introducing flexibility in the master plan?

- Development of multiple airport improvement options: can the planning process let alternatives/solutions emerge that were different from those envisioned initially before the process began?"

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