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Port Prepares for Future Development at Airport

Burlington-- The Port of Skagit Board of Commissioners have approved a set of development standards for Skagit Regional Airport that effectively reopens property at the airport to private construction.


The action completes a process started in August 2009, when the commissioners voted to lift a moratorium on private development that had been in place for several years, subject to adoption of minimum standards and guidelines for airport construction. These development standards are designed to ensure the airport will develop as a "premier destination" for aircraft owners and pilots, said Scott Peterson, the port's director of facilities & operations.


"The intent is to provide long-term revenues and return on assets to the Port and its constituents, plus jobs for our community," Peterson said. "Private-sector development will provide an increase in the tax base of the Port District without using Port or constituents' funds."


The standards call for future construction along main runway 10-28 to support corporate/business aircraft use. To ensure new construction will accommodate Category C and D aircraft, the standards address minimum door height and width, taxiway and apron capacity, and common area maintenance requirements. Similarly, future construction along the crosswind runway, 04-22, is set aside for mixed use aviation, with executive hangars, T-hangars and fixed-base operations. Later, the Port will begin active marketing of property along Taxiway F, which connects the two runways along the west side of the airport, as additional mixed-use space.


"Adoption of this plan means we're open for business," Peterson said. "We have lots of options for developers to consider, and we're eager to talk about them."

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