September 17, 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Kennewick, Wash.— Port of Kennewick staff recently posted answers online to FAQ (frequently asked questions) about the latest Vista Field Airport study; the document can be found online at: www.PortOfKennewick.org.
Port of Kennewick Commissioners agreed to hire consultant Duany Plater-Zyberk & Company of Portland to look at specific possibilities for Vista Field Airport. The study will evaluate alternatives for the general aviation airport including: investing more taxpayer money in expanded capital facilities and improvement, or possibly closing and redeveloping the 90-acre airfield. “There have been significant changes since Commissioners voted to retain Vista Field,” stated Tim Arntzen, the port’s executive director. “Particularly regarding available financial information, failure of a fixed-base operator to locate at Vista Field, and the lack of private-sector, airport-dependent investment. All of which were factors deemed critical to success under the existing Airport Master Plan.”
According to Port officials, the Planning, Environmental, and Economic Assessment of Alternatives study will help determine which option is preferred by port district taxpayers; and what those taxpayers are willing to spend in support of Vista Field. The study will complete a financial analysis and Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for each alternative—something that would have to be completed if the port does anything but follow the existing master plan.
After the options are studied, Port commissioners plan to share the information and let the public decide Vista Field’s future using an advisory vote next year.
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