Honorable Mention: County airport master plan approved

Aspen Daily News Staff Report
After over two years and 80 public meetings, Pitkin County commissioners approved a master plan in December that will guide the expansion of the Aspen airport over the next two decades.

The master plan accounts for the anticipated rise in annual enplanements, or the number of passengers boarding an aircraft, which are expected to increase 9 percent between now and 2017, according to an aviation activity forecast.

The plan is a placeholder for the future development of Sardy Field, and specific pieces of it will be vetted further when it’s determined how much demand and community support there is for them. It includes setting aside space for a $121 million new terminal of up to 80,000 square feet, a new fixed-based operation along Owl Creek Road and a 750-space underground parking garage.

— Dorothy Atkins