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Airport Master Plan CEQA Document Available for Public Review and Comment

In accordance with CEQA, the City conducted an Initial Study to evaluate the potential environmental effects of the Draft Airport Master Plan. The Draft Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration will be circulated for a 30-day period of public review and comment beginning on Wednesday, February 22, 2017 and ending on Thursday, March 23, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. Written comments should be mailed to:

Ms. Hilary Roverud
Deputy Director of Development Services
City of South Lake Tahoe
1052 Tata Lane
South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150

Access the CEQA document through the following link:

Draft Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration Airport Master Plan

Public Workshop

To further ensure that local agencies and the general public have adequate opportunity to provide comments regarding the Draft Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration, the City will hold a workshop with the Planning Commission.

Thursday, March 9
3:00 p.m.
Lake Tahoe Airport
City Council Chambers
1901 Airport Road


Draft Airport Master Plan Summary

The City of South Lake Tahoe (City) initiated the current Airport Master Plan update in 2013, with funding support from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), in order to determine the current and future potential of the Lake Tahoe Airport (Airport). The Draft Airport Master Plan identifies a series of airside and landside improvements to the Airport that would occur over approximately a 20-year period. Implementation of the Airport Master Plan (proposed project) would include pavement marking and signage improvements, pavement reconstruction and rehabilitation, taxiway modifications, delineation of helicopter parking, removal of vegetation and other airspace obstructions, improvements to a drainage ditch, construction and/or expansion of new hangar and fixed-base operator facilities, demolition and removal of an existing air traffic control tower, installation of improved navigational instruments, and installation of a self-serve fueling station, aircraft wash rack, and electric vehicle charging stations. Construction activities pertaining to the proposed project would occur primarily on the paved surface of the Airport property and would include limited excavation, grading, and disturbance of unpaved ground surface within the Airport property. The proposed project is intended to improve the safety of existing Airport operations, meet compliance with current FAA design standards, and accommodate existing and forecasted aviation demands.

Public Workshop - JUNE 30, 2015

Join us for the fourth public workshop on Tuesday, June 30, 2015 at 5:30 pm at the Lake Tahoe Airport located at 1901 Airport Road.

The Airport Master Plan has progressed to another critical stage and the community's continued involvement is important.  The alternatives evaluation process has ended and a presentation will be given with regards to the results.

June 30, 2015 Meeting Postcard

Airport Master Plan – Phase 2 Report

During the master plan process the City asked for community input with regards to the future of the Lake Tahoe Airport. Comments included a review of the Airport’s full closure or a reduction in size to accommodate only operations of rotary-wing (helicopters) aircraft for emergency response services. A review of the existing and future aviation demand concluded that demand currently exists and will continue to exist for the 20 year planning period for aircraft that have an Airport Reference Code of B-II. Therefore, alternatives that cannot meet the minimum requirement of providing infrastructure and a safe aircraft operating environment to meet B-II design standards were not taken through the full evaluation process.

Click HERE to read the Airport Master Plan – Phase 2 Report

Historical Documents:
The Airport Master Plan Phase I Report was prepared to provide a summary of the following: 

  • Existing conditions of the airport and its surrounding environment
  • Aviation demand forecasts that provide detail on the short, intermediate, and long-range demand of aircraft operations at Lake Tahoe Airport
  • Facility requirements needed to accommodate the forecasted aviation activity
  • Identification of sustainability goals to incorporate into the master plan process

Click on the links below to view the reports.

Airport Master Plan Update – Phase I Report Executive Summary

Airport Master Plan Update – Phase I Report

Airport Master Plan Update – Phase 2 Report

Airport Master Plan Update – Phase I Report Appendices

Thank you to all who attended the public workshop on March 16th and for providing your input on the Phase 1 Report.  For those of you who were unable to attend, the Master Plan Preferred Alternatives PowerPoint presentation is provided below.

Master Plan Preferred Alternatives PowerPoint

City Council Part 139 Certificate Presentation

Public Comments Received at March 16, 2015 meeting

General Comments Received at March 16, 2015 meeting

Lake Tahoe News article recapping the workshop


Click to see presentation for May 29, 2014 Workshop

View Public Comments from May 2014 Workshop

Presentation Boards from May 29, 2014 Workshop

Final Handouts from May 29, 2014 Workshop

FAA Letter on Information on Airport Closure

May 29, 2014 Meeting Invitation

May 5, 2014 Press Release

The following links may be helpful regarding the economic impact of aviation in California:

Caltrans Aeronautics

Caltrans Aeronautics Publications

Aviation in CA

Economic Impact of Civil Aviation


Click to see the Presentation from workshop

Public Comments from February 2014 meeting

Helpful Links:

Airport Master Plans

Airport Sustainability

Passenger Facility Charge (PFC) Program

Facility Charge (PFC) Program