What are your top 4 environmental concerns regarding a proposed new terminal and runway widening/reconfiguration at the Aspen/Pitkin County Airport?
"Now that we’ve narrowed down possible airport terminal concepts to two, and defined the scope of the runway reconfiguration, we can really hone in on any potential environmental concerns the community has. Once we have a solid list from the community we can begin to analyze the level of impact to the environment the proposed airport improvements might have."
~ John Kinney, Airport Director
Click here to let us know about your top 4 environmental concerns regarding a proposed new terminal and runway widening/reconfiguration at the Aspen/Pitkin County Airport.
The two airport terminal concepts being studied in the Environmental Assessment (EA): stacked and split level, were chosen by Pitkin County Commissioners after considering extensive public feedback collected over several months. We hope you will use the graphic representations in this forum to stimulate discussion about potential visual concerns from the north and south, from Buttermilk Mountain, Owl Creek Road, Starwood and McClain Flats.
The current CRJ700 aircraft that serves our airport is anticipated to be retired in the next decade. As technology advances, significant changes are being made to the design of the newer generation commercial aircraft and these newer aircraft wingspans exceed our 95 foot wingspan restriction. The Federal Aviation Administration is requiring the Airport’s runway and taxiway separation meet design standards to maintain our current status as a Design Group III Commercial airport. This has resulted in a need to reconfigure the runway. Whether or not larger aircraft can or will operate here remains to be seen and will be thoroughly studied in this EA. The runway project will also change the alignment of Owl Creek Road and the bike path, but changes will occur within the existing Owl Creek Road right-of-way and it is unlikely that it will require the acquisition of adjacent open space.
In addition to the environmental considerations noted above, the EA will analyze impacts relative to many categories, as noted in the Environmental Consequences image below. For more in-depth information about the EA process, click on the EA Scoping Presentation image below.