The County of San Diego is finishing a four-year process to update the 20-year Master Plan for McClellan-Palomar Airport, working with the public, businesses, local cities and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The Master Plan is focused on modernizing the airport to current FAA airport design standards, and improving operational efficiency.
The Master Plan and its accompanying Airport Layout Plan — which illustrates the facility improvement on the airfield — is needed to qualify for federal funding and will guide McClellan-Palomar Airport’s development through 2036. The Master Plan process has identified and assessed strategies to meet the airport’s future aviation, safety, facility and operational needs, and developed alternatives to meet those needs over the next 20 years.
Public involvement is a key component of the Master Plan process. County Airports will be soliciting input from airport users, tenants, travelers, resource agencies, public officials, and residents throughout the planning process and at key stages of the Master Plan’s development. Public workshops and meetings will be held to discuss the Plan’s findings and recommendations.
- Public Workshop #1, Feb. 5, 2014
- Public Workshop #2, May 7, 2014
- Public Workshop #3, Apr. 30, 2015
- Public Workshop #4, Feb. 29, 2016
- Presentation to City of Carlsbad Staff on May 1, 2017
- Public Workshop #5, Jan. 30, 2018
Ongoing updates on the progress of the Master Plan will be held at regularly scheduled meetings of the Palomar Airport Advisory Committee (PAAC). Information on the committee and its meeting schedule are found here.
- Master Plan meeting, Jan. 16, 2014
- Master Plan Update, Sept. 18, 2014
- Master Plan Workshop, Feb. 29, 2016
- Special PAAC meeting to discuss Master Plan, Oct. 22, 2015
- Master Plan Update, Nov. 16, 2017
1997 Master Plan documents
- 1997 McClellan-Palomar Airport Master Plan - (36.8 MB)
Board of Supervisors
On December 16, 2015, the County of San Diego Board of Supervisors considered options for the new Master Plan for McClellan-Palomar Airport. The meeting was held a 9 a.m. at 1600 Pacific Highway, Room 310, San Diego, CA. The Board was requested to provide direction on a preferred option for Airport classification for the McClellan-Palomar Airport Master Plan, subject to the preparation of a Program-Level Environmental Impact Report. The Board directed staff to proceed with the McClellan-Palomar Airport Master Plan focusing on the modified C/D-III classification as the preferred option, subject to the preparation of a Program-Level Environmental Impact Report. Please see the following links for more information.