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Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport (RMMA), a reliever for Denver International Airport located just minutes from downtown Denver and Boulder, is experiencing a period of explosive growth.
The influx of business development in northwest Denver has spawned two business parks on the airport’s borders: the Interlocken to the north and Westmoor to the south. RMMA is home to corporate aviation facilities for Ball Corporation, Level 3 Communications, Quiznos and Leprino Foods.
Airport administration is currently considering developing several parcels of aviation and non-aviation land on the northeast and southwest sides of the property.
RMMA staff has compiled step-by-step guidelines and several supporting attachments to help potential developers initiate aviation-related projects.
Are we there yet?
The past five years has brought many changes to Rocky Mountain Metro Airport… all of the construction the Airport has undergone may be leaving some people with the question, “are the projects done yet?!?!”
The answer yields a two-fold response… yes and no!
In 2010, the Airport commenced the nearly four-year Runway Safety Area Expansion Project with an Environmental Assessment, as well as project design. The purpose of this project was to expand the Runway 11L Safety Area from 600 feet in length, to 1,000 feet in length, in order to meet criteria outlined by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), intended to enhance safety for the aircraft currently utilizing the Airport.
This project was constructed in two phases. Phase I involved relocating the SH128 and Interlocken Loop intersection to the north, which previously existed within the required safety area. When that was complete, Phase II began with the construction of the Reinforced Soil Slope (RSS) to support the expanded safety area, as well as the relocation of FAA Navigational Aids. The Runway Safety Area Expansion Project was completed this summer.
Also accomplished this summer was the rehabilitation of Runway 11L/29R. This project included a runway mill and overlay, including the installation of a runway sub-drainage system to prolong the future life of the runway. This fall, Runway 11L/29R and Runway 11R/29L will be re-designated to Runway 12L/30R and Runway 12R/30L, as the magnetic azimuths for the runways have changed.
Keep your seatbelt fastened because we haven’t arrived yet! In the months to come, watch for a new Corporate Taxilane near the east ramp, as well as various maintenance projects to enhance older pavements on the airfield. In 2016, the rehabilitation of the Airport’s parallel runway will occur.
If you have any questions regarding Airport Development, please contact the airport at 303-271-4850.
When Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport began operations in 1960, there was little to no development in the surrounding area, primarily occupied by farmland. Over time, Jefferson County, the city and county of Broomfield, the cities of Louisville and Westminster and the town of Superior have grown in and around the airport.
Each jurisdiction acknowledges the airport's importance and has worked to create a plan to identify the existing and future land uses. Aviation and its related industries are vital to the area’s economic growth; therefore, careful planning is essential to RMMA’s future and is necessary to protect citizens from any negative airport impact.
The Environs Land Use Plan differs from the Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport Master Plan because the Master Plan forecasts aviation activity and determines the airport’s ability to safely and efficiently meet the needs associated with those forecasts. The Environs plan maps land-use issues affecting airport-owned property and properties surrounding RMMA.
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