What’s the role of Hillsboro Airport over the next 20 years?
That’s the key question an 18-member planning advisory committee considered during the recent update of the Hillsboro Airport Master Plan.
With the two-year process now complete, here’s a look at the top five things planned for the airport over the next 20 years:
1. The airport will remain a general aviation reliever airport that supports corporate business aviation, flight training and recreational needs of the region.
2. Runways will remain the same length and width, and no new runways are needed. New taxiways and related improvements will increase aircraft movement efficiency and improve access to the airfield’s north side.
3. A replacement terminal building is planned for the current airport entrance adjacent to Northeast Cornell Road. It will face the primary runway and feature improved vehicle parking. Some of the property fronting Cornell Road may provide opportunities for non‐aviation commercial development. Synergies with the Washington County Fair Complex and Events Center should increase and complement airport development in the Cornell Road area.
4. The north and east side of the airport will accommodate flight school redevelopment and additional aircraft storage hangars.
5. A portion of undeveloped airport land, not dedicated to aviation needs in the planning period, will allow development of compatible non-aviation uses such as light industrial or warehousing.
Community outreach and engagement for the airport will be guided by a new advisory committee, slated to begin in June 2019.