Master plan to guide Victoria airport
June 23, 2014 at 1:23 a.m.
Victoria County Commissioners Court approved moving forward on a plan to develop and improve the county-owned airport.
With $360,000 in funding support from the Texas Department of Transportation, the Victoria Regional Airport will soon have a clear plan on how to move forward.
"It's a true, realistic plan we can follow through with," Airport Manager Jason Milewski said.
The master plan will take 12 to 18 months to develop. The county is responsible for $40,000 of the total bill.
County Judge Don Pozzi said this will be "the most extensive master plan" the county has ever had, looking at commercial air service, leasing and selling property, pavement issues, improvements, and the water and sewer system.
The plan allows the county to determine the future of the airport.
"We shouldn't be spending this kind of money to have something sit on a shelf and collect dust," Milewski said. "That's not what we're doing."
Milewski has several ideas in mind, one of which includes developing the airport into a hub for freight.
With the aeronautical infrastructure already in place, Victoria Regional Airport is "ideally suited" for freight business, he said.
Once projects and costs are identified in the plan, county commissioners will work with the Texas Department of Transportation to secure funding for improvements.
Milewski said receiving millions from TxDOT "is not outside of the box."
He wants this to be a community project with public input. Eventually, public workshops and meetings will be scheduled, he said.