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The Marina Municipal Airport (OAR) Master Plan Study is being undertaken to evaluate the airport’s capabilities and role, to forecast future aviation demand, and to plan for the timely development of new or expanded facilities that may be required to meet that demand.  The ultimate goal of the Master Plan is to provide systematic guidelines for the airport’s overall maintenance, development, and operation.

The Master Plan is intended to be a proactive document which identifies and then plans for future facility needs well in advance of the actual need for the facilities.  This is done to ensure that the City of Marina can coordinate project approvals, design, financing, and construction to avoid experiencing detrimental effects due to inadequate facilities.

Following Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) guidelines for a qualifications-based consultant selection process, the City of Marina selected the project team of Tartaglia Engineering and Coffman Associates, Inc., to undertake the Master Plan update.  Tartaglia Engineering has been the engineer of record for the airport for a number of years and Coffman Associates is a national aviation consulting firm specializing in airport planning studies.  The study process is anticipated to take approximately 18 months to complete, followed by agency reviews and approvals.  The structure of the Master Plan follows FAA guidelines and the FAA will consider and approve the aviation forecasts and the airport layout plan (technical drawings of the current and planned airport layout).

Draft chapters of the Master Plan will be presented to and reviewed by a Planning Advisory Committee (PAC) that is comprised of various airport stakeholders, including representatives from the City of Marina, FAA, Caltrans, airport businesses, tenants, and area economic development interests.  Two public information workshops are planned at strategic points in the process to encourage citizens to learn more about the future plans for the airport.

Adoption of the proposed Airport Master Plan is a “project” subject to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) (Public Resources Code [PRC], §§21000 et seq.) and CEQA Guidelines (California Code of Regulations [Cal. Code Regs.], Title 14, Division 6, Chapter 3).  A Draft Mitigated Negative Declaration and Initial Study has been prepared on the proposed Airport Master Plan.  The City of Marina (City) is the “lead agency” for this project (CEQA Guidelines, §15367).  Written comments on the Mitigated Negative Declaration/Initial Study will be accepted from November 20, 2017 to December 22, 2017 (33 days).  See the Notice of Intent to Adopt a Mitigated Negative Declaration for specific information and directions on submitting comments.

Since an Airport Master Plan does not authorize, fund, or carry out any project or activity (including ground-disturbing actions), its adoption would not cause direct impacts to the environment.  There may be implications, such as indirect or cumulative environmental consequences, however, from managing the Airport under this programmatic framework, as addressed in the Mitigation, Monitoring, and Reporting Program contained in the Initial Study.  Future development at the Airport under the proposed Airport Master Plan would be subject to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969 (Title 42 United States Code [USC] §§4321 et seq.), CEQA, various federal and state special purpose laws, and FAA oversight and approval, as applicable.”