After the master planning process concluded in 1999, the City of Atlanta adopted a capital improvement plan (CIP) for Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport that guided development for 10 years. Notable projects in the CIP included Runway 10-28, the rental car center, and the Maynard H. Jackson Jr. International Terminal. These projects have positioned the Airport to accommodate growth and provide improved customer service. As the projects identified in the CIP were completed, it became essential to identify subsequent actions to maintain and enhance the Airport’s facilities. In addition, federal law requires the City to maintain a current airport layout plan that depicts existing and proposed facilities, infrastructure and structures. To comply with this ongoing requirement and to exercise prudent airport planning, the City undertook a new master plan study in 2012 to provide a framework for future airport development.
THE MASTER PLAN STUDY
The master plan study took place over a three-year period. During the initial phase planners gathered information about existing facilities and aviation activity, and prepared a 20-year forecast of passenger and aircraft activity. During subsequent phases of the study planners assessed the capabilities of existing facilities and determined whether they could accommodate the anticipated growth in demand. The “gap” between existing facility capabilities and future facility needs provided the basis for creating development alternatives. The final phase of the study developed and evaluated alternative concepts to meet the future facility needs and then selected a preferred path of facility development. Throughout the process, public involvement and stakeholder coordination was critical to ensuring that the selected plan met users’ needs by providing an efficient facility in a cost-effective manner and the community’s needs by maintaining the Airport’s role as the region’s economic driver.
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