Meetings on Crystal Airport plans are Sept. 27, 29 in Crystal, Brooklyn Park

The long-term plans drafted for the Crystal Airport recommend closing two existing runways, including a grass runway and a paved runway, according to plans available for public review by the Metropolitan Airports Commission.

The MAC has scheduled two informational meetings on the plans, 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27, at the Crystal Community Center, 4800 Douglas Dr. N., Crystal, and 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29, in the council chambers at Brooklyn Park City Hall, 5200 85th Ave. N., Brooklyn Park.

Both of the meetings will include a 6 p.m. presentation by MAC staff and opportunities to ask questions and talk directly with MAC staff members.

The Metropolitan Airports Commission will host two public hearings, Tuesday, Sept. 27, at the Crystal Community Center, and Thursday, Sept. 29, at the Brooklyn Park City Hall, on the long-term comprehensive plan for the Crystal Airport, including closing two runways, including the grass runway. (Submitted image, Metropolitan Airports Commission)
The Metropolitan Airports Commission will host two public hearings, Tuesday, Sept. 27, at the Crystal Community Center, and Thursday, Sept. 29, at the Brooklyn Park City Hall, on the long-term comprehensive plan for the Crystal Airport, including closing two runways, including the grass runway. (Submitted image, Metropolitan Airports Commission)

The draft plan, to meet the facility needs through 2035, includes closing the hard-surface runway 14R-32L, which runs parallel to runway 14L-32R, and grass runway 06-24L. The changes would leave one southeast-northwest runway and one northeast-southwest runway at the airport, along with changes to the stopways that will improve safety and offer operational improvements for pilots who fly out of the airport.

According to the planning report, 185 aircraft were based at the Crystal Airport in 2015. There were more than 41,000 aircraft operations, including takeoffs and landings, recorded in 2015. The plan expects a dip in both aircraft based at the facility, to 177, and operations, to 39,000, by 2025.

A draft version of the 2035 Long-Term Comprehensive Plan is available at http:/metroairports.org/General-Aviation/Airports/Crystal.aspx and printed copies are available at Crystal City Hall, 4141 Douglas Dr. N., the Rockford Road Library, 6401 42nd Ave. N., and at the airport, 5800 Crystal Airport Road.

Written comments on the plans will be accepted through Wednesday, Oct. 26, and can be submitted via email to [email protected] or by mailing the comment to Neil Ralston, MAC Airport Development, 6040 28th Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN 55450.

– Compiled by Gretchen Schlosser. Contact Gretchen Schlosser at [email protected]