Public Hearing for Changes at Murfreesboro Airport Nearing

Jan 24, 2012 at 08:18 am by bryan


A public hearing on a proposed plan for future improvements at the Murfreesboro Municipal Airport will be held before the Murfreesboro Planning Commission Feb. 1 at 7 p.m. in City Hall council chambers, 111 W. Vine St.

If planning commissioners give it the nod, the proposed Airport Layout Plan will be forwarded to the Murfreesboro City Council to consider for adoption.

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Development of this Airport Layout Plan began in 2008, according to Airport Manager Chad Gehrke. Throughout the process, the proposed plan has been reviewed and coordinated by the Tennessee Department of Transportation-Division of Aeronautics and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

Currently, Gehrke said, the FAA considers the airport a B-II sized airport that serves small single engine aircraft to light twin-engine piston, turbine and jet aircraft. 

A study performed during a recent update to the Airport Layout Plan determined that there are some aircraft in the current fleet mix that justify a longer runway, Gehrke added. The proposed plan shows the airport will continue to be a B-II category airport. The runway extension will enable larger, light twin engine, B-II category, aircraft currently using the facility to have a safer and more efficient use of the airport.  

A recent MTSU economic impact study concluded the local Murfreesboro Municipal Airport has a positive annual economic impact of over $70 million, the manager said. Murfreesboro’s airport is one of the very few in the state that is self-supporting, meaning no local tax dollars are used in its annual budget for operations or capital improvements. 

An Environmental Assessment was conducted on the proposed runway extension last year. The assessment process included a public hearing to receive public comment on the proposed plan to extend its runway north toward DeJarnette Lane.

Comments received at the Public Hearing were transcribed verbatim and included as a part of the Environmental Assessment document, which was sent to the FAA for its review, he said.

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