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Alternatives Analysis

The alternatives analysis of a master plan brings together complex elements of the planning process to identify and study alternatives that meet the needs of airport users. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) provides in its Airport Master Plan Advisory Circular, key elements in defining appropriate airfield development options. The key elements include:

The alternatives analysis also must consider environmental issues that may arise from a recommended alternative. Early review of potential environmental impacts of all alternatives considered is prudent. The criterion for analyzing environmental impacts is contained in the following FAA Orders:

After screening/judging all alternatives and soliciting public comments and feedback, the final results of the alternative analysis are the identification of a preferred alternative that will satisfy the future aeronautical needs of the airport.
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