The Palm Springs Airport
Master Plan is a
Comprehensive planning document Short-, medium-, and long-range plan Vision for our airport’s future
The primary goal of an Airport Master Plan is to provide guidance for future airport development necessary to accommodate forecasted demand. This project will recommend future improvements that enhance operational safety, align with the airport’s economic development goals, and follow federal, state, and local regulatory guidelines.
The project team is working closely with the Palm Springs Historic Site Preservation Board (HSBP) to ensure that changes or renovations to the terminal stay true to the integrity of the original Donald Wexler design.
About the Airport Master Plan
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) recommends that public use airports prepare a new airport master plan every seven to ten years or as local aviation conditions change. The City of Palm Springs has initiated this Airport Master Plan to support future demand, continue safe and efficient operations, and to address changes in the aviation industry at the local level and the national level. This project will update outdated information in the existing Airport Master Plan and identify possible new projects to accommodate growth that will support the airport’s long-term viability and enhance facility safety, while supporting economic development and the airport’s commitment to be a good neighbor. The most recent Airport Master Plan for the Palm Springs International Airport (PSP) was completed in 2015.
The Airport Master Plan process is guided by the FAA and ultimately results in projections of future passenger and aviation activity growth and an updated Airport Layout Plan (ALP). The primary components of the Airport Master Plan are:
There are several additional components that are unique to the PSP Master Plan study
The 2015 Master Plan underestimated the growth in commercial operations and passenger enplanements and as such, did not include an adequate terminal expansion concept. An early focus of this Airport Master Plan will be on the terminal and terminal area in an effort to develop a concept layout for both the terminal and the landside access and circulation that accommodates projected growth, but also respects the airport’s neighbors and the historic significance of the existing airport terminal.
This is a report that is being completed to develop a realistic estimate of demand potential specific to additional airlines, additional destinations and the potential for additional international flights at PSP.
The City plans to include sustainability planning in the Master Plan in order to develop focus categories that align with the City’s overall sustainability goals and can be utilized as screening criteria in Master Plan decisions and recommendations
Land use guidance pertaining to the Master Plan’s concept will be provided and consideration will be given to the compatibility of the Master Plan recommendations with local general plans and the Riverside County Airport Land Use Compatibility Plan.
The planning process will follow four main steps
- Describe existing airport conditions and identify future facility needs
This information will be used to develop alternatives to the conceptual development plan that will be created to meet the projected needs.
- Evaluate alternatives
Alternatives will be developed and evaluated based on a set of criteria including forecasted aviation demand, current capacity and airfield limitations, and availability and preservation needs for on airport land use.
- Incorporate public input
The community will be involved in reviewing alternatives and working papers throughout the planning process and feedback will be solicited in multiple ways including open house events and project website updates. Public input will be considered in the development of the final plan.
- Prepare CEQA analysis and adopt final plan
Following completion of the draft Master Plan, a California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) analysis of the proposed projects will be completed and the Final Master Plan will be brought before the City Council for adoption sometime in 2025. Once approved, the Airport Master Plan will serve as a policy document that sets forth the conceptual framework for possible future airport development.