Aurora master plan advisory committee set to begin meeting this month
A citizen-led committee that will help inform the new Aurora Airport master planning process began meeting on Nov. 16.
The Policy Advisory Committee will be tasked with informing the new iteration of the master plan, which lays out the projects the department plans to complete in the coming decades. However, it will not make recommendations or establish policy. Department staff, instead, will decide what will be included in the plan. JLA Public Involvement was hired to facilitate these meetings.
When the committee's composition was initially released, the city of Wilsonville and other groups criticized it for having a disproportionate amount of business representatives in comparison to community groups. However, Oregon Department of Aviation planner Heather Peck said representatives from all of the groups that requested to be a part of the PAC were later added, including Charbonneau Country Club and the Aurora Butteville Barlow Community Planning Organization.
"We just wanted to be able to make sure if they were a group that was interested, that that group would be represented," Peck said.
The first meeting will include an introduction to the process and a discussion about existing conditions at the airport. A primary sticking point will likely be a 1,000-foot runway extension, which advocates say will improve safety for pilots, and detractors worry will lead to higher activity at the airport and, in turn, more congestion and noise.
Citizens will have the opportunity to provide input at these meetings via Zoom. Go online (publicproject.net/AuroraAirport) for more information.
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