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Santa Cruz County, the owner and operator of the Nogales International Airport (OLS), has initiated the preparation of an Airport Master Plan in order to evaluate the Airport’s capabilities and role, to review forecasts of future aviation demand, and to plan for the timely improvement of facilities that may best meet that demand and maintain compatibility with the environs.  The County has hired Coffman Associates, an airport consulting firm which specializes in master planning and environmental studies, to complete the Airport Master Plan.

The Airport Master Plan will provide systematic guidelines for the Airport’s overall development, maintenance, and operation for the next 20 years.  The Airport Master Plan is intended to be a proactive document which identifies and plans for future facility needs well in advance of the actual need for the facilities.  This is done to ensure that Santa Cruz County can coordinate project approvals, design, financing, and construction to avoid experiencing detrimental effects due to inadequate facilities.

The Airport Master Plan will be prepared in accordance with Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) requirements, including Advisory Circular 150/5300-13A, Airport Design and Advisory Circular 150/5070-6B, Airport Master Plans.

Santa Cruz County recognizes the importance of air transportation to regional area and the associated challenges inherent in providing for its unique operating and improvement needs.  The cost of maintaining an adequate airport is an investment which yields impressive benefits to the local area as well as the entire state.  With a sound and realistic master plan, the Airport can maintain its role as an important link to the national air transportation system for both the County and the state of Arizona, and maintain the existing public and private investments in its facilities.