Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport to host public workshops for 20-year Master Plan

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The Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport (ROA) will be hosting the first of three public workshops to discuss the airport's 20-year Master Plan on Tuesday, Feb. 25. (Image: Courtesy of ROA)

(Image: Courtesy of ROA)

ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — The Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport will be hosting three information sessions for the public regarding a 20-year “Master Plan” that will serve as a strategic framework for future development of the airport.

Tim Bradshaw, executive director of the Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport, says the airport needs the Master Plan in order to make preparations for anticipated increases in demand for aviation services.

“Traffic through the airport continues to increase year after year as this region expands,” says Bradshaw. “We must continue to take into account community issues that go beyond air service development to reflect environmental, socio-economic, and economic interests and opportunities in order to maintain our ability to service the Roanoke and New River Valleys and support their growth.”

The airport’s previous Master Plan update was completed in 2008, according to officials.

The first public workshop for the Master Plan will take place from 4 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 25 in the Appalachian Room of the Courtyard by Marriott Roanoke Airport. During this open house event, RS&H — the engineering firm selected for the Master Plan study by the Roanoke Regional Airport Commission — will make a presentation about the airport’s key goals and priorities, such as facilities and land use needs in order to accommodate the region’s economic and development trends, according to airport officials.

After seven months of conducting airport inventory and researching expected passenger growth for the next 20 years — which will be shared during the workshop on Feb. 25 — airport officials say this first open house will mark the beginning of the public phase for the Master Plan study. The schedule for the two additional workshops will be announced at a later date.

Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport created a website to provide updates on the Master Plan study and to allow residents, businesses, and community stakeholders to submit questions and feedback on potential plans.

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