Project information

The current Master Plan for Ryan Airfield was completed in 2010. Since that time, construction has begun on several new residential developments near the Airport and more are being planned. In response to the ongoing development occurring around Ryan Airfield, the Tucson Airport Authority (TAA) wants to update the Master Plan so that the airfield is strategically positioned to enhance aviation operations and foster economic development on non-aviation land. The intent is for the Airport to become financially self‐sustaining.

This Master Plan Update will evaluate the ability of existing airport facilities to meet future demand from aeronautical and non-aeronautical users of the Airport. It will provide a framework for fostering economic development around Ryan Airfield by identifying development scenarios that account for variations in demand. 

The overall goal of a Master Plan is to provide a framework to guide future airport development in a cost‐effective manner that satisfies aviation demand while considering potential environmental and socioeconomic impacts. The Master Plan is intended to meet the following objectives:

  • Document the opportunities and challenges the proposed development will present.

  • Support the need for proposed development through the technical, economic, and environmental investigation of concepts and alternatives.

  • Establish a schedule for implementation of proposed development.

  • Provide sufficient project definition and detail for subsequent environmental evaluation, if needed.

  • Comply with applicable local, state, and federal regulations.

  • Incorporate TAA guidance on spending, debt, land use controls, and other policies that preserve the integrity of the Airport and its surroundings.

  • Establish a continuing planning process capable of accommodating changes in the demand for aeronautical and non-aeronautical land uses on and near the Airport.

The planning process will take approximately 18 months and result in a new Airport Master Plan and Airport Layout Plan that will serve as a guide for airport development for the next 20 years. The planning process will incorporate input from established stakeholder committees, surrounding communities, and the general public prior to seeking TAA Board and FAA approval. Above is the project schedule.

Upcoming meetings and other events will be posted on the site as they are established. Please refer to the contact tab for questions about the project.