More Public Input To Paine Field’s Master Plan This Month

The Snohomish County Paine Field Airport Master Plan continues to take shape with several public input opportunities this month. Through June 30th, the community can visit an on-line open house at Paine Field Master Plan.

The on-line open house shares the latest master plan version with completed draft concepts and alternatives, the master plan process, current proposed alternatives, allow community members to leave comments, sign up for project update emails, as well as updates via the airport’s social media on Facebook and Twitter.

On Thursday, June 16th from 6 to 7 PM, the public is also invited to join a webinar with airport planners and share their thoughts on the master plan updates. Questions will be addressed directly by the project team. Webinar registration is available now by visiting the Paine Field Master Plan webpage.

Those attending the webinar and visitors to the on-line open house will see draft drawings of improved airfield taxiways, land use updates, and learn more about the overall planning process. Snohomish County Aerospace Economic Development Director Terry Ryan highlighted, “Snohomish County residents are passionate about activities in their communities, and includes their local airport. We’ve worked hard to include them in the planning process and encourage them to get involved.”

The Airport Master Plan development started in 2020 and targets completion in 2023. The public has had opportunities for feedback and input since initial draft plans were offered in 2021 and earlier this year. This month’s virtual open house and the June 16th webinar are yet two more opportunities for community participation.

The current Airport Master Plan drafts and alternatives include expanding the current passenger terminal to support growing air travel demand in the Puget Sound region through 2040. As of 2019 prior to the pandemic, Paine Field served about 710 total aircraft operations per day, over 90 percent involving general aviation. During that same year, about 1 million passengers flew in and out of Paine Field on the 24 daily arrivals and 24 departures.

By 2040, analysts expect that Paine Field passenger traffic will climb to near 4.3 million per year as SeaTac Airport reaches its full capacity with Everett serving as an alternate commercial airport in the region.

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