Master Plan


The Airport is currently completing an Airport Master Plan that will guide development over the next 20 years. The master plan began in early September with an aeronautical survey to collect obstruction data and an inventory of the Airport’s existing facilities. The master plan is expected to conclude in March 2019.

The public will have multiple opportunities to attend public open houses and can submit comments at any point throughout the project. The next public open house is tentatively schedule for September 2018. More details regarding the date and content will be published later in the summer.

Public Involvement Plan

The public will have opportunities to participate throughout the Master Plan process. Postcards were sent to each household on the island at the beginning of the project in fall 2017. A Project Advisory Committee has been established with members of the Port, FAA, WSDOT, San Juan County, the EPRC, and other key tenants on the airfield to provide technical feedback and guidance throughout the project. The Advisory Committee will meet three times over the course of the project. Three public open houses with two times (afternoon and evening) will be held to allow the public to visit with the Project Team and learn about the project. Project communications will take place electronically through an email contact list. To sign up for the list please sign up below or contact the Project Team at The Project Team will also work with local news sources to provide information and press releases regarding project information and meetings.

Comments are accepted throughout the project and can be submitted anytime to

January Public Open House

The first Public Open House was held on Wednesday, January 10th, 2018 at the Orcas Island Fire & Rescue at 45 Lavender Lane, Eastsound, Wash. Project team members discussed the project with members of the public. A copy of the information provided during the meeting is available here:  Public Open House 1 PresentationBoard.

June Public Open House

The second Public Open House was held Tuesday, June 5th at 1pm – 2pm and 5pm – 6:30pm at the Orcas Island Fire & Rescue 45 Lavender Lane, Eastsound, Wash. Project team members discussed the project, inventory, facility requirements, aviation forecast, and preliminary alternatives. Public comment regarding the alternatives has been extended thru August 3, 2018. All comments received by August 3 will be considered in the development of the preferred alternative.

Tentative September Public Open House

Please save the date for a tentative September Public Open House. The meeting has been scheduled for Wednesday, September 19th at 1pm – 2pm and 5pm-6:30pm at Orcas Island Fire & Rescue 45 Lavender Lane, Eastsound, Wash. More information will be provided in early September.

Orcas Island Master Plan Alternatives

To review and download the alternatives please see links below. One single file in a reduced size or multiple pages at a larger size are available. . Please also review the Public Meeting #1 boards for more information prior to reviewing the alternatives.

To review a brief description of each alternative and how each alternative meets (or does not meet) FAA design standards, potential impacts to wetlands and land uses please review the Alternatives evaluation criteria document: ALTEvaluation-HighRes-OH2

Please review the following documents to better understand the FAA standards/requirements and pros and cons of each alternative in more detail.

Facility Requirements – Summary Tables

ORS Alternatives Description

FAA Grant Assurances

Combined in one reduced file: Orcas Alternatives Combined reduced

Multiple files:

  1_ORSOrcas Alternatives Combined

2_ORSOrcas Alternatives Combined

3_ORSOrcas Alternatives Combined

4_ORSOrcas Alternatives Combined

5_ORSOrcas Alternatives Combined

7_ORSOrcas Alternatives Combined

9_ORSOrcas Alternatives Combined

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Leah Henderson, Project Manager


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