On December 14, 2015, Vernon City Council received a draft of the Vernon Regional Airport Master Plan that provides direction for the future development of Vernon’s airport over the next 20 years.
The development of the draft Vernon Regional Airport Master Plan began in October 2014, and consisted of an extensive public engagement process that included consultation with stakeholders and the Okanagan Indian Band, interviews, workshops, surveys and public open houses.
The draft Airport Master Plan proposes a number of improvements to the airport over the next twenty years, including:
- Rehabilitation, but not extension, of the runway;
- Expansion of the airport eastward to allow for more hangar space and tie down areas;
- Creation of more hangar space and tie down areas in other parts of the airport, including along Captain Bailey Way;
- Construction of a new taxiway and new aprons;
- Construction of a paved helipad;
- Upgrades to the terminal building ;
- Construction of a new airport operational shop and vehicle storage building;
- Improvements to safety and security;
- Timelines for rehabilitation and maintenance of key airport assets; and
- Exploration of development potential for employment lands north of the airport.
Council will review the draft plan and provide feedback in January. For more information, please visit www.vernon.ca/airportmasterplan.