Heber Airport layout plan moves on to FAA

HEBER CITY, Utah — After gaining city council approval, the Heber Valley Airport layout plan will now move on to the Federal Aviation Administration for consideration.

Heber City Council members reviewed the plan at a meeting on Tuesday, February 21, and voted 4-1 in favor of submitting the Airport Layout Plan to the FAA. Council member Yvonne Barney voted against.

Approved updates to the layout plan include moving the airport’s runway approximately 140 feet farther away from the highway and shifting it about 700 feet away from downtown.

Typically, the FAA will first issue conditional approval of an airport layout plan. To garner unconditional approval and be implemented, a project must first pass through the review process set forth by the National Environmental Policy Act.

“Such review will take at least a year and probably more,” said a Heber City Council staff report. “There will be numerous additional opportunities for public feedback on the environmental studies before FAA could approve any project for funding or implementation.”

As a next step, the city council will review the airport’s master plan document in April, which will be submitted to the FAA if approved.

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