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Project Components

Study Design and Working Groups

To provide guidance and input into the planning process, a Project Advisory Group (PAG) has been established to provide technical oversight and input throughout the Master Plan Update. PAG members include representation from the FAA, PennDOT, Lehigh Valley Planning Commission, and other local community and planning agencies from the Lehigh Valley region. PAG members will provide input and guidance to the planning project at various milestones throughout the planning process.

Meet Our Project Advisory Group

Committee Meeting Minutes & Presentations #1 – October 26, 2016

Committee Meeting Minutes & Presentations #2 – February 1, 2017

Committee Meeting Minutes & Presentations #3 – August 15, 2017

Committee Meeting Minutes & Presentation #4 – December 12. 2017

Committee Meeting Minutes & Presentation #5 – April 23, 2018

Up to five committee meetings are expected to be conducted throughout the planning process, please check back for additional meeting minutes.

In the master planning process, a broad base of stakeholder involvement is important to ensure a richer discussion of the vision, goals and objectives for the master plan, the development of alternatives, and recommendations on a final plan. Stakeholders from various communities that depend on or have interest in the airport and its future will be included in the planning process through visioning workshops. This will ensure that the interests of each group, with participants from a wide-variety of areas, such as the business, educational, medical, transportation, tourism, and governmental communities, will be included.

Please check back for additional future Visioning Workshop meeting minutes and presentations.

Regional Context

Understanding the current characteristics, recent evolution and future trends in the patterns of urban growth, transportation, and economic activity for the Allentown-Bethlehem area, the Lehigh Valley Metropolitan Statistical Area, and the New York and Philadelphia metropolitan areas, is necessary for redefining the airport’s role into the 21st century. This section of the Master Plan will evaluate the airport’s role on a variety of levels.

Regional Context Report – Final Draft

Existing Conditions/Inventory

To effectively plan for the airport’s future, a comprehensive understanding of existing conditions at the Airport must first be established. This will include research on the background information on the airport, an inventory of the existing airfield, terminal area, landside, general aviation facilities, cargo facilities, support facilities and equipment, building assessments, a utility inventory, and a review of existing environmental conditions located on and off-airport property.

Existing Conditions Inventory

Please check back later for the “Existing Conditions” working paper upload.

Forecasts of Aviation Demand

This element will develop aviation demand forecasts for the 5-, 10-, 20-, and 25-year planning horizons. These forecasts will be used to effectively plan for future air-cargo activity and commercial air-carrier operations at the airport.

Forecasts of Aviation Demand – Final Draft

Demand/Capacity and Facility Requirements

This element will apply demand estimates to existing capacity along with industry requirements to determine facility needs for the planning period. These facility needs will then be the basis of establishing the various Alternatives for airside/landside development.

Facility Requirements

Land Use Planning

The goal of this element is to inventory and assess current and future aeronautical and non-aeronautical land use at the airport. This information will be used to assess which sites at the airport are best to accommodate the specific market demand, including redevelopment sites, and will ultimately be used to make land use recommendations.

Land Use Planning

Alternatives Development and Evaluation

Up to three airport wide overall development alternatives will be developed for the Master Plan Update in order to address and accommodate the airport’s future needs. These alternatives will be developed based on five individual components: preliminary airfield development alternatives, terminal facility alternatives, potential roadways/ground access facility alternatives, general aviation facility alternatives, and support facility alternatives. This task will occur in concert with land use planning efforts.

Please check back, as information regarding each alternative will be posted once developed.

Environmental Inventory and Review

A review of existing environmental conditions will be conducted to identify potential environmental issues, avoidance, and/or mitigation options. Environmental documentation will follow FAA’s Order 5050.4B, Environmental Handbook and FAA Order 1050.1F, Environmental Impacts: Policies and Procedures, and relevant State of Pennsylvania regulations and procedures. It will also define the “Categorically Exempt” improvements.  The intent of this element is to identify potential environmental factors that would need to be addressed as part of future airport environmental studies.

Elements that will be considered in this review include: noise impacts; social impacts; induced socioeconomic impacts; water quality; endangered and threatened species of flora and fauna; historic, architectural, archaeological, and cultural resources; wetlands; coastal zone management program; wild and scenic rivers; energy supply and natural resources; solid waste impact; biotic communities; compatible land use; air quality; DOT Section 4(f) lands; floodplains; coastal barriers; farmland; light emissions; and cumulative/construction impacts.

Please check back for the “Environmental Overview” working paper upload.

Implementation and Phasing

This element will identify and define the individual capital improvement projects – taken from the Alternatives Development and additional Airport Authority projects that will become the basis for Capital Improvement Program (CIP) schedules and planning-level cost estimates.

Please check back for the “Implementation and Phasing Plan” working paper upload.

Financial Planning

This task will prepare a summary of the historic and current financial trend data and information on the financial structure as a basis for use in assessing the potential impact on the proposed Master Plan recommendations on LNAA’s current rates and charges. A financial model to evaluate the financial viability of the Master Plan will be developed, along with the identification of funding sources for the Master Plan Development Alternatives and financial projections.

Please check back for updates and document uploads for this element.

Airport Layout Plan Set (ALP)

An FAA approved Airport Layout Plan (ALP) set in coordination with Airports GIS requirements will be developed. FAA requirements to be adhered to are outlined in AC 150/5070-6B, Airports Master Plans, and also to be consistent with the checklist provided in FAA Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) 2.00, Standard Procedure for FAA Review and Approval of Airport Layout Plans (ALPs). The final ALP set will be reviewed by the Airport Authority, the FAA Harrisburg ADO, and PennDOT to incorporate comments as appropriate.

Please check back for the Comprehensive Airport Layout Plan (ALP) Set.

Exhibit “A” Property Map

The Consulting Team will prepare an update of the existing June 2014 Exhibit “A” Property Map in accordance with the requirements listed in the FAA Standard Operating Procedure (ARP SOP 3.00) for FAA Review of Exhibit “A” Airport Property Inventory Maps. This document will address property transfers and newly-planned property transfers since the last approved Exhibit “A.”

Please check back for the updated Exhibit “A” Property Map.

Solid Waste/Recycling Plan

A Solid Waste and Recycling Plan consistent with the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 (FMRA) and FAA Memorandum Guidance, Airport Recycling, Reuse, and Waste Reduction Plans, September 30, 2014, will be conducted for the airport. Current practices will be documented and waste management contracts will be reviewed to identify opportunities to minimize the generation of solid waste, increase the diversion rate of materials from landfills, reduce operations and maintenance needs, and minimize costs and/or generate revenue via waste recovery practices. Potential opportunities will be assessed based on their benefits and feasibility to determine recommendations for the Airport. In addition, any local, state, or federal laws or regulations that could constrain the delivery of waste and recycling services to the airport will also be reviewed.

Recycling, Reuse and Waste Reduction Plan

Drainage Evaluation and Master Plan

A drainage evaluation will be conducted to identify existing drainage issues at the airport. This evaluation will include a conceptual planning level diagram of stormwater management facilities capable of mitigating full build-out of the recommended development alternative.

Please check back for updates and document uploads for this element.

Pavement Management Plan (Airside)

An airside pavement management plan (PMP) will be developed for the Airport. This will include recommendations for immediate repair and long term rehabilitation programs to allow the Airport Authority to efficiently manage resources on a yearly basis.

 Airside Pavement Management Plan 

AGIS/Airspace/Obstruction Analysis Services

Airport and aeronautical data necessary to comply with the FAA’s Airports GIS program (AGIS), FAA AC 150/5300-13A, and ARP SOP 2.00, Standard Procedure for FAA Review and Approval of Airport Layout Plans will be gathered.  All AGIS data submissions will be reviewed by the FAA.