Truckee Tahoe Airport master plan update nears final hearing |

Truckee Tahoe Airport master plan update nears final hearing

The Truckee Tahoe Airport District board of directors is seen at a meeting this summer, discussing the possiblity of a new hangar on the property.
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TRUCKEE, Calif. — After nearly three years, a document that will pilot future development for the Truckee Tahoe Airport District is approaching the end of the runway.

The district’s airport master plan update includes modifications and additions to the airfield, terminal area, property acquisition and instrument approach procedure.

Comments are being taken on the plan’s mitigated negative declaration, which states that no significant environmental effects are anticipated due to revisions or mitigations measures.

Projects specifically outlined include construction of a multi-use hangar to store aircrafts short term and host public events, extending and widening runway 2/20, seasonal use of the air traffic control tower, and acquisition of two nearby parcels.

These projects were identified through a combination of aviation forecasts and community outreach performed by the district beginning spring 2013 for the airport master plan update.

“Just because it’s in there doesn’t necessarily mean it all gets done,” said Kevin Smith, general manager for the Truckee Tahoe Airport District, referring to projects mentioned in the plan. “You study at a higher level of detail to decide.”

Some projects are being studied by the district for feasibility and potential impacts — the multi-use hangar, executive hangars and the season air traffic control tower — but none have been approved for implementation by the board of directors, he said.

“(The master plan) does project some growth, but at a much slower rate than what the previous (2000) master plan showed,” Smith said, particularly when it comes to hangars, the terminal and runway facilities.

According to the airport district, public review of the mitigated negative declaration began Dec. 4. The due date for public comment is unknown, but likely in February, Smith said.

Originally, the deadline was 5 p.m. Jan. 4, 2016, but additional study regarding traffic figures and associated greenhouse gas emissions is being performed to account for all potential use of non-aeronautical designated land, Smith said.

Comments should be mailed to Kevin Smith, Truckee Tahoe Airport, 10356 Truckee Airport Road, Truckee, CA 96161; or emailed to

Hard and disk copies are available during normal business hours at the Truckee Library (10031 Levon Ave.) and Truckee Tahoe Airport Terminal, administration offices (10356 Truckee Airport Road).

Visit to download an electronic copy of the initial study and the final draft airport master plan update.

The district Board of Directors will consider submitted comments prior to voting on the Mitigated Negative Declaration and master plan, which is anticipated for Feb. 24, 2016.

Preparation of the MND and study, which was performed by Santa Rosa, Calif.-based Mead & Hunt, cost roughly $115,000, with funding coming from the district’s general fund revenue, Smith said.

That’s separate from the approximately $350,000 expense to develop the updated master plan, with funding coming from general fund revenue and money received from the Nevada County Transportation Commission, he added.

This new master plan is intended to guide the airport district until 2025, with periodic updates planned to ensure its relevance.

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