Date: February 21, 2018
From: Supervisor Jerry Hunsburger and Manager Howard Fink
Re: Park Township Seeks Members for the Airport Vision Committee
The Park Township Board of Trustees have recognized that our airport needs a new vision plan. We are calling on interested stakeholders who wish to be part of this important endeavor. Please submit a letter of interest to the Park Township Airport Committee, attention Howard Fink, Manager, stating your reason for wishing to be considered, your background, and what unique perspective / skills you would bring to this effort. Please have your letters submitted no later than March 12th, 2018.
Numerous conversations, and initial strategic planning efforts by the Board of Trustees have identified that the airport needs to be self-sufficient and at the same time increase its value to all residents of Park Township. Previously, and affirmed recently, the concept of an Air Park has surfaced, an airport that also acts as a recreation amenity for the community.
While the general framework may already be in place, there are many details to be ironed out. First and foremost is this Air Park vision appropriate? How is such a use to become financially self-sustainable? How and where will the resources come from to upgrade critical infrastructure. What is the appropriate balance from aviation related impacts and the surrounding residential character of the area? These are some of the many questions that need significant debate and discussion.
To accomplish this important project, this vision committee will be comprised of 11 to 15 members, made up of a broad cross-section of stakeholders interested in the future of Park Townships airport. We want to hear from all stakeholders, residents, business, the tourism industry, neighboring associations, etc. Together, we hope to turn the airport into both a sustainable and thriving community asset that benefits many.
Along with the letters of interest submitted, suggestions of participants from both Ottawa Aviation and the Park Township Airport Committee, a list of appointments will be submitted to the Board of Trustees for final approval, likely occurring at the April meeting. This vision committee will act as an advisory body to the Township Board.