Cottonwood airport master plan updated

The Cottonwood Municipal Airport Master Plan has been updated and could be ready for adoption, according to City Manager Brian Mickelsen.

The airport plan, which was last updated in 1993, lays out an improvement 'wish list' for the next five years.

Mickelsen said the plan was updated recently by a committee of city and county staff members, along with pilots and other aviation professionals.

The plan calls for the acquisition of about 60 acres on the southwest side of the airport. Extending the airport access road and adding more T-hangers are both on the list of improvements.

Currently there are paved overruns on the runway that are not used for either takeoffs or landings. The airport master plan calls for those overrun areas to be strengthened and utilized for takeoffs only. Mickelsen explained that in hotter months, airplanes need additional runway space to take off.

"It kind of helps," he said.

The plan also calls for the relocation of the airport's taxi lane at some point. Mickelsen said the city is still excepting written comments on the plan from citizens.

The next step will be for city council members to adopt the plan. It's scheduled to be on a work session agenda in June and could be approved by July.

The most ambitious part of the plan is the acquisition of the land. Adjacent to Verde Village, Unit #8, the land could be costly, Mickelsen said.

The city already has a grant secured for the appraisal of the land. If the plan is adopted, staff will continue to find grant funding for the additional improvements, Mickelsen said.

The Cottonwood Municipal Airport was built in the 1940s and originally served as a Military training base during World War II.

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