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Airport open house seeks public input

An upcoming open house at the Brainerd Lakes Regional Airport gives members of the public a chance to see how the airport might look in 2031. The airport is currently going through a master plan process and the first four chapters are completed. ...

An upcoming open house at the Brainerd Lakes Regional Airport gives members of the public a chance to see how the airport might look in 2031.

The airport is currently going through a master plan process and the first four chapters are completed. Those four chapters will be presented at the open house from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday at the airport.

The master plan is used as a funding mechanism and to notify the Federal Aviation Administration of potential future projects at the airport. The airport's consultant engineering firm, Mead & Hunt, has been spearheading the master plan process.

The process started last August and is about halfway complete. A final plan will be submitted for FAA approval next spring. The process is at the point where planners are talking about future facility requirements.

A big focus of the master plan is future landside development outside the terminal area, like the hangar and helicopter areas. Those areas have potential for development and the master plan's goal is to identify the best way to use those areas.

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The planners are seeking feedback from the committee, the Airport Commission, airport users, airport staff and community members. There has been an advisory committee meeting with planners on the master plan process.

The airport's current master plan was published in November of 2001 and the two main goals from that plan have been achieved, as well as various smaller goals.

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