Board of Supervisors Meeting Date: 

Raymond E. Graham, Cedar Run District Supervisor

January 8, 2009

Staff Lead:


Anthony I. Hooper, Deputy County Administrator

County Administration


A Resolution to Authorize the Submission of a Grant to Update the Airport Master Plan


Topic Description: 

At the meeting of the Airport Committee on December 10, 2008, it was recommended that the County seek Federal and State assistance to update the Airport Master Plan.  The update is required since the major infrastructure improvements accomplished over the last fifteen years have nearly “built-out” all of the recommended facility development identified by the 1993 Master Plan.  Given the site constraints documented by the 1993 Master Plan, no major changes or improvements are likely to be considered necessary for the basic runway and taxiway infrastructure in this updated master plan study.

As a result, this master plan update study effort will primarily be “focused” on identifying the expanded terminal airside and landside facility developments necessary through at least 2030. Specifically, the study will examine how to best incorporate the ±5 acre Krause parcel into the airport development plans. The additional parcel (acquired in 2006) provides the opportunity to consider a new “public access” from Route 610 and the possibility of “shifting” the planned terminal area to the “mid-field” where more space is available and the new terminal facilities could be more centrally located. The siting evaluation will use the basic terminal facility requirements identified by the 2005 Terminal Feasibility Study. A final decision for where and how best to develop a new terminal area complex will provide the planning framework necessary to evaluate and determine what improvements would then be prudent and necessary to correct the problematic drainage that continues to exist between the rows of the “old” t-hangar buildings.

Critical study items will also include an evaluation of the water supply and distribution requirements to meet domestic needs as well as fire protection requirements. Short term demands may have to be achieved with on-site wells and storage tanks. Longer term needs may be met with regional improvements to the utility infrastructure for the broader Midland Service District. Likewise, a similar review of the sewer demands and evaluation of the treatment alternatives (including a review of the remaining capacity of existing sewer treatment facility) need to be accomplished. Without reasonable strategies and financially feasible solutions to meet these needs in a reasonable time period, the airport simply will not be able to function.  Accordingly, the County’s ACIP assumes that the master plan update would be sufficiently completed within one year so that the subsequent Environmental Assessment effort including the necessary Phase II Archaeological Survey for that portion of the airport previously identified could then be initiated in the following.

Although, an extension to the runway and other traditional and sometime controversial major airside infrastructure expansions are not expected, considerable public interests is still anticipated so an appropriate Public Information Program has been included in an effort to keep interested parties informed throughout the study and provide a means to solicit their input in the planning process.  It is expected that the process will required 15 to 18 months to complete.  Federal and State funds will provide 98% of the project budget and the airport fund will provide the local share of the grant.


Requested Action of the Board of Supervisors: 

Consider adoption of the attached resolution.


Financial Impacts Analysis:

Grant funds will provide 98% of the project costs estimated at $250,000.


Identify any other Departments, Organizations or Individuals that would be affected by this request:

Warrenton-Fauquier Airport

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