There are three committees that are developing the Master Plan: The Steering Committee, the Stakeholder Advisory Committee, and the Technical Committee. The Stakeholder Committee includes many representatives across Snohomish County. The list of members is found here and you can read more about the committees helping to guide this Master Plan here.
The team has identified that the intersection of Airport Road and 100th Street SW will need to be modified to accommodate increased demand. Depending on the pace of traffic growth, it is likely that these modifications may not be needed for another 15+ years.
We will be in a better position to provide cost estimates once we have outlined what projects may be proposed in the fall of 2022.
Funding for improvements at the airport will depend on the nature of the project. The Master Plan will identify the funding sources available for each project and make recommendations. For airfield safety and capacity improvements, the Federal Aviation Administration provides the majority of funding. The County, airport operator or developers might fund other improvements.
PAE is a public airport, and it does not decide on the types of aircraft that use the airport. We assume that the types of aircraft currently operating at the airport will not change.
Flight paths are controlled by the FAA and we do not anticipate that they will change.
This would be a policy decision for the County, but it is not something currently being considered in this plan.
Conversations with legislative offices in Washington, D.C., and the Washington Air National Guard are taking place to see how the property can fold into Paine Field. The Washington Air National Guard property is not part of this master planning process.
Detailed air traffic projections are available at https://www.painefield.com/153/Airport-Master-Plan.
We forecast traffic by types of aircraft, and those projections are used to identify what type of facilities the airport will need. Over the next 20 years, we anticipate a need for a larger terminal and parking facilities, modifications to the internal airport road network, and additional support facilities for general aviation. The next phase of the Master Plan process will present ideas on where these facilities may be located.
No additional property will be needed.
The types of aircraft using each runway airport will remain the same. The longer runway will continue to serve jet and turbo prop aircraft and the shorter runway will continue to serve turbo prop aircraft only.
The flight schools are owned and operated by private entities. The Master Plan will not affect the flight schools.
The FAA recently decommissioned this runway. As part of the master planning process, we will identify future uses for this part of the airport.
Yes, noise studies are currently underway. We’ll present some of our findings at the next public briefing.
Environmental Impact Statements are typically used for construction projects and are not required for the Master Plan. Certain improvements identified in the Airport Master Plan will be the subject of subsequent environmental review as they’re developed.
The planning team will seek public input through webinars and events in the coming year. We’ll notify the public about open houses and webinars using tools such as postcard mailings, emails, social media posts, paid advertisements, outreach to media outlets, and community organizations near the airport, and to cities and towns across the county. If you would like to ensure you are notified of any updates or events, please subscribe to email updates at www.painefieldmasterplan.com.