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Learn about plans for future of Sea-Tac Airport at public meeting on March 4

The public is invited to come learn about plans for the future of Sea-Tac Airport on Wednesday, March 4, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Mount Rainier High School, located at 22450 19th Ave. S. in Des Moines.

At this open house, you will hear from Port of Seattle staff and consultants about proposed concepts for sustainably accommodating forecast air travel demand at Sea-Tac, and have an opportunity to share your ideas.

Here’s more info from the Port:

This long-term blueprint for airport development is called Sea-Tac’s Sustainable Airport Master Plan. It aims to meet the needs of the traveling public over the next 20 years in a way that takes the most sustainable approach possible. This includes reducing environmental impacts, ensuring economic performance and working with local communities. The plan covers airfield development within the current three-runway configuration, terminal development, roadway improvements, cargo and facility modernization and expansion possibilities. Impetus for this planning effort is continued strong passenger growth at the airport, which served more than 37 million passengers in 2014.

Forecasts show this figure could be 52 million in 2024 and 66 million in 2034.

In addition to forecasting, this planning process is taking stock of current facilities, infrastructure, operations and passenger levels, and looking at scenarios that are five, 10 and 20 years in the future. It includes air quality, energy and water conservation, recycling and other strategic environmental goals, and will align with the port’s Century Agenda sustainability and energy efficiency goals.

Completion of the plan will make Sea-Tac the first large hub U.S. airport to fully incorporate sustainability as a key master planning component.

Along with the future demand forecast and some early concepts for meeting the demand, the March 4 presentations will explain the process for creating and evaluating concepts and selecting the preferred choice or choices. Similar public meetings in other communities will follow during 2015. An environmental review process—including public involvement — is scheduled for 2016, before the plan is finalized.

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