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Plan for region’s airports is ready for public scrutiny

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Plan for region’s airports is ready for public scrutiny
The San Diego County Airport Authority’s regional plan for the county’s dozen airports is ready for its close-up.

Mandated by state Senator Christine Kehoe’s Senate Bill 10 in 2007, developers of the Regional Aviation Strategic Plan (RASP) have been studying local airports with an eye toward making optimal use of each.

On Wednesday, Jan. 26, planners will unveil the complete draft plan to public scrutiny and comment.

The RASP findings are divided into five categories: commercial passenger needs, enhanced use of Tijuana Airport, best use of general aviation airports, integration of California High Speed Rail and air cargo.

Airports included in the study are:

• San Diego International Airport

• Agua Caliente Airport

• Borrego Valley Airport

• Brown Field Municipal Airport

• Fallbrook Airport

• Gillespie Field

• Jacumba Airport

• McClellan-Palomar Airport

• Montgomery Field

• Ocotillo Airport

• Oceanside Municipal Airport

• Ramona Airport

Military airports are included to evaluate any airspace operations impacts or issues.

While the airport authority is developing the regional strategic plan, it will be up to owners and operators of individual airports to make use of the information as they see fit, according to authority officials.

The open house is from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Airport Authority board room in the Commuter Terminal, 3225 North Harbor Drive. A formal presentation will begin at 6 p.m.

The final plan mustbe completed by June 30, 2011, to meet the legislative mandate.