Tue, July 23

Sedona Airport master plan flies with county

Overdue by at least seven years, Yavapai County has completed a master plan update for the Sedona Airport that includes a proposal to extend runway protection zones at both ends of the single runway and to build more hangars.

The county Board of Supervisors provides direction and must approve the master plan, a 20-year proposal based on future demands and needs, said James Harris of Coffman Associates, which the BOS selected as airport planning consultants in February 2014.

The plan is divided into short- intermediate- and long-term projects; the board has the ability to adjust timeframes and expenditures.

Harris presented the plan, an update to the 1999 Airport Layout Plan, to the board on Jan. 20. A grant from Arizona Department of Transportation Aeronautics paid for 90 percent of the cost of the study, with 10 percent covered by the Sedona Airport Administration. The study predicts moving from annual operations of 35,000 in 2014 to nearly 54,000 in 2033.

The airport encompasses 220 acres with a runway extending 5,100 feet. Short-term projects (2016-2021) include sealing the runway, upgrading the fire suppression system, rehabilitating the terminal roadway and parking lot, upgrading the fuel farm, extending Taxiway A, and improving the Runway Safety Area at both ends of the runway.

Between 2022 and 2026, plans include constructing an executive hangar facility and terminal ramp, expanding the terminal parking lot, and constructing a holding apron at the north end of Taxiway A.

Long-term projects (beyond 2026) including building an equipment storage facility, expanding the terminal, realigning Shrine Road, and constructing T-hangar facilities.

Total expenditure tops $31 million with most of the costs paid through federal funding (63.4 percent). The airport/local share is 27.8 percent, and the state will contribute 8.8 percent.

The airport also is looking for more revenue support. Sky Ranch Lodge, located nearby, also is looking at expansion, Harris said. The master plan process included a 19-member planning and advisory committee that met four times. The public also participated in two public workshops.

BOS Supervisor Chip Davis asked why the local percentage went from 5 to 27 percent.

"It's higher because several projects, like hangars, are not eligible for federal or state funding," Harris said.

The Board unanimously approved the master plan.

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