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473.616 Comprehensive airport planning.

Subdivision 1. Wold-Chamberlain plan. (a) By January 1, 1992, the commission shall adopt a long-term comprehensive plan for the international airport at its existing location. The plan must describe:

(1) aviation demand and air transportation needs;

(2) airport capacity limits and potential;

(3) facilities requirements;

(4) a plan for physical development, including financial estimates and a tentative development schedule;

(5) airport operational characteristics;

(6) compatibility with metropolitan and local physical facility systems;

(7) environmental effects;

(8) safety; and

(9) the effect on the neighboring communities.

The plan must satisfy the air transportation needs for a prospective 20-year period. At the same time, the commission shall adopt a concept plan for the airport, including an estimate of facilities requirements, to satisfy the air transportation needs for an additional ten-year period. The plans must be consistent with the development guide of the council. The plans must be updated at least every five years. The plans must be amended as necessary to reflect changes in trends and conditions, facilities requirements, and development plans and schedules. The plans are subject to sections 473.165 and 473.611.

(b) Until January 1, 1996, or until the commission has completed the activities required by subdivision 3 and section 473.618, whichever occurs first, the commission may construct a new runway or a new, substantially expanded, or relocated terminal facility if the commission determines that construction of the runway or facility is necessary and prudent, considering the economic, financial, environmental, and other costs and benefits of the new runway or facility, the current and long-term future need for major airport facilities, capacity constraints, and the time required to construct airport facilities. The commission shall make its determination by resolution, containing findings of fact and conclusions. Before making its determination, the commission shall hold a public hearing on the question. The hearing may be held separately or in conjunction with any other hearing required on the project, as the commission deems appropriate. The commission may plan, prepare designs and specifications, and conduct an environmental review of a facility before the public hearing.

Subd. 2. New airport; conceptual design study and plan. By March 1, 1990, the commission, in consultation with the council, shall complete a study of facilities requirements, airport functioning, and conceptual design for a major new airport. By January 1, 1991, the commission shall complete a conceptual design plan for a major new airport. The conceptual design study and plan must describe and satisfy air transportation needs for a prospective 30-year period and be consistent with the development guide of the council. The conceptual design plan must include an analysis of estimated costs, potential financing methods and sources of public and private funding, and cost allocation issues and options. The council shall use the design study and plan in evaluating areas for locating a new airport under section 473.155, subdivision 3.

Subd. 3. New airport; site selection; comprehensive plan. Within four years following the council's designation of a search area under section 473.155, the commission shall: (1) select a site for a major new airport in the search area designated by the council; (2) prepare a comprehensive plan and schedule, including financial plans, for the development of a major airport at that site for a prospective 20-year period following a decision to develop a new airport; (3) prepare an estimate of facilities requirements and a concept plan for development of the airport for an additional ten years; and (4) prepare and submit for administrative review the environmental documents that are required for site acquisition.

Subd. 4. Legislative reports. (a) Until the activities required by subdivision 3 and section 473.618 are completed, the commission shall report to the legislature by February 15 of each year on the results of the airport planning activities of the commission under this section. The report must include a summary of expenditures and sources of funding for the activities.

(b) By March 1, 1990, after consulting with the council, the federal aviation administration, industry representatives, and other persons, the commission shall report to the legislature on the assumptions and methods that the commission will use in preparing forecasts for airport development and operations purposes and for determining capacity and facility needs.

(c) By March 1, 1990, the commission shall report to the legislature on the integration of major airport facilities in the metropolitan area with state, national, and international air transportation systems and on the commission's planning assumptions and parameters related to such airport development issues as capacity, safety, environmental impact, and air service.

(d) By March 1, 1990, the commission shall report to the legislature on the conceptual design study for a major new airport, prepared under subdivision 2. By January 1, 1991, the commission shall report to the legislature on the conceptual design plan prepared under subdivision 2.

HIST: 1989 c 279 s 3; 1991 c 21 s 1