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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.
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.
In order to improve overall safety at the Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport, we are constructing an extension of the safety area of Runway 11L, as required by the Federal Aviation Administration’s rules and regulations. To construct the safety area, more space is needed at the end of the runway, which is why State Highway 128 (SH 128) has been relocated. The project is scheduled to begin in the summer of 2013 and will last through spring 2014. Please review the Saftey Impovements at RMMA document for more information.
NOTE: The Runway 11L/29R Safety Area Enhancement Project is shut down for the winter and will resume operations in March 2014. Look for updates regarding the progress of the project this Spring. If you have any question or comments, contact the Airport Development Manager, Georgiann Dewey at 303-271-4850.
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