The Master Plan and Airport Layout Plan (ALP) for the Treasure Coast International Airport (TCIA) were completed in September 2018. This plan was undertaken by the St. Lucie County Board of County Commissioners and serves as a road map for what the airport can become over the next years. The purpose of the study is to provide a 20-year development program that will create a safe, efficient, economical, and environmentally responsible airport capable of facilitating the demand for aviation services which can be reasonably expected, meet the development goals of the TCIA, and create additional public value for the residents in St. Lucie County and the entire aeronautical community.
Current airport usage data is compiled, and historical trends are analyzed. Community needs are then accounted for through a public involvement program that includes several workshops during the project. The data and workshops are then used to develop facility requirements and airport development alternatives while considering the environmental impacts and financial feasibility. Finally, an airport layout plan is developed that gives an overview of what the airport could become after approval by the Federal Aviation Administration.
What are the components of the master plan?
The airport master plan being conducted for the St. Lucie County International Airport will consist of the following six components:
1. An inventory of existing conditions.
2. Activity forecasts to identify growth trends and changing conditions.
3. Demand-Capacity analysis to assess improvement needs.
4. An overview of known environmental resources and land-use controls to identify potential on and off-airport related impacts.
5. A development plan to enhance safety and accommodate future growth and changing conditions.
6. An Implementation Plan or capital improvement plan that identifies funding sources and project sequencing for the short term (1 to 5 years), intermediate term (5 to 10 years), and long term (10 to 20 years).
The completion of the master planning process will result in the following two products:
1. Airport Layout Plan (ALP) – A set of plans that graphically depicts the phased development of the airport.
2. Airport Master Plan Report – A written report which technically justifies, through sufficiently detailed narrative descriptions and graphic presentation, the Airport Layout Plan.
Why is the master plan necessary?
An airport master plan is needed for two reasons. First, to establish a logical set of development parameters and timelines that will coincide with the airport’s needs over time. Second, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) requires an up-to-date plan to remain eligible for federal grant funds. Many capital improvement projects are eligible to receive up to 95% funding from the federal government.