Master Plan

The September Public Open House presentation and boards are posted under the September Open House section below.

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 scheduled for September 19, 2018. More details are available below regarding the times and locations of the open house.

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. All comments received by August 3 will be considered in the development of the preferred alternative.

September Public Open House

Please save the date for the September Public Open House. The meeting has been scheduled for Wednesday, September 19th at 1pm – 2pm at Orcas Island Fire & Rescue 45 Lavender Lane, Eastsound, Washington or from 5pm – 8:30 pm at Orcas Center 917 Mt Baker Rd, Eastsound, Washington. Formal presentations will be given at 5:30pm and 7:30pm for 30 minutes. The two presentations will be identical and there will be 30 minutes for public questions immediately following the presentation. All open house materials, including the slides, will be posted on the Port of Orcas website by 8pm pst on September 5, 2018. Public comments will be accepted on the preferred alternative from September 5 to October 5, 2018. Please remember that public comments must be formally submitted by sending an email to or by calling Project Manager Leah Henderson at (425) 869-2670.

Public Open House # 3 Information for Review

ORS Alternatives Evaluation_table

Draft Preferred Development graphics:

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To review the powerpoint presentation please visit this link:Orcas POH Meeting 3 Presentation_updated September 5 2018

Advisory Committee – The following is a list of parties invited to participate in the Advisory Committee for the Master Plan:

Rick Hughes County Councilman – District 2 San Juan County
Jackie Hamilton Owner, President & Director of Operations Island Air, Inc.
Marc Franklin Vice President Aero Services, Inc.
Phil Peterson Station Mgr FedEx
Robert Stansus Chief Pilot AirMed
Sarah F Customer Service Mgr Kenmore Air
Jason Douglas Owner San Juan Airlines
Jennifer Kandel Airport Planner FAA
Paul Kamin Co Chair EPRC
Eric Johnson Construction & Grants Program Manager WSDOT
Malcolm Goodfellow represents self General Aviation
Michael Parnell represents self General Aviation
Greg Kokorowski Operations Kenmore Air
Charles Toxey Owner Kangaroo House B&B
Dan Parrish Chief Empire Airlines


The September 4th version of all comments received regarding the master plan is available for public review here: ORS Comments

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



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If you would like to view the previous Master Plan Update, it is available here: 2008 Final Report

Project Contact:

Leah Henderson, Project Manager


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