Airport Master Plan

Since 1946, the Vernon Regional Airport (YVK) has provided a variety of aviation services and has been a centre for airside manufacturing in the North Okanagan. In recent years, the aviation industry in the Okanagan has changed and a new Airport Master Plan will provide clear direction on how the airport will adapt to these changes. The Master Plan is identified as one of the City of Vernon Council’s goals in its 2015-2018 Strategic Plan.

An Airport Master Plan is a comprehensive study that documents the short, medium and long term development initiatives needed to meet future aviation demand. The new Master Plan will guide future airport development to meet existing and future aviation demands in a safe, cost-effective manner as per Transport Canada aviation regulations, while maximizing the community benefit of the airport lands.

The objectives of the Airport Master Plan are as follows:

  • To evaluate existing and future aviation needs
  • To determine long range facility requirements
  • To assess site development alternatives
  • To produce a plan which yields an economically viable, safe and sustainable public facility

The new Master Plan is also intended to delineate the vision for alternative ways to operate a viable small size airport within the city boundaries for the next 20 years.

Vernon Regional Airport Master Plan

 

Frequently Asked Questions
What is an Airport Master Plan?

An Airport Master Plan is a comprehensive study that documents the short, medium and long term development initiatives needed to meet future aviation demand. The new Master Plan is intended to provide the framework to guide future airport development that will meet existing and future aviation demands in a safe, cost-effective manner as per Transport Canada aviation regulations, and to maximize the community benefit of the airport lands.

The new Master Plan is also intended to delineate the vision for a viable small size airport within the city boundaries for the next 20 years.

Why do we need a new Airport Master Plan?

Significant changes have occurred in the aviation industry over the last several years. Economic growth in Vernon and in the Okanagan has significantly impacted city development and its employment base. This growth changed the level and the type of the Airport’s usage for personal and corporate users. Changes have occurred also in the Canadian aviation administration.  Transport Canada amended the guidelines for aviation land use in the vicinity of aerodromes and has indicated that new standards will be adopted soon. These new standards will be assessed in the plan.

Who is conduction the Master Plan?

The Airport Master Plan team includes City staff from several City Divisions: Community Development, Engineering Services, Operations, Communications and Real Estate. In addition to the Staff Advisory Committee, a Technical Advisory Committee (ATAC) was established in the beginning of the process, including representatives from key airport stakeholders and the aviation industry as well as representatives from local business and City Administration. More information can be found in the ATAC Terms of Reference document.

How will the Airport Master Plan be developed?

The planning process for Vernon’s Airport Master Plan includes the collection of information and its analysis which forms the basis of developing various alternative policies that will guide the future of the Airport over the next 20 years. More information regarding the planning process, is found on the Planning Process page.

How can I be involved in the Master Plan?

In addition to the stakeholder workshops and Council briefings, the Master Plan section of the City of Vernon website offers the public an opportunity to learn more about the process, workshops, open houses, presentations and to provide input.

The public is encouraged to provide comments at any time through the contact information found on this page.