Land-Use Maps and Recommended Studies
Three land-use maps were prepared:
(1) existing on-Airport land uses (e.g., airfield, passenger facilities, cargo, airline-related support, general aviation, aviation-related business, recreation, and undesignated uses), (2) near-term on-Airport land uses (2010 to 2012 timeframe), and (3) long-term on-Airport land uses (2025).
These three graphics are the heart of the Master Plan. The primary new land-use designation in the 2010 to 2012 timeframe is a passenger facilities area east of Taxiway B, north of existing Terminal 1, and south of Ron Cowan Parkway. If a new terminal project is proposed and approved in this area, the Oakland Maintenance Center (OMC) site would be redeveloped to support the new terminal land-use area to the south by accommodating replacement air cargo facilities, potential airline provisioning and GSE maintenance facilities, and remain overnight (RON) aircraft parking and/or airline passenger / employee vehicle parking.
There are also three potential new taxiway improvements at South Field recommended for further study: (1) a taxiway parallel to existing Taxiway B to support a potential new terminal in the area described above and minimize “head-to-head” taxi congestion on existing Taxiway B, (2) new taxiway access to Runway 29 to allow air traffic control to more optimally sequence departures, and (3) a new high-speed taxiway exit from Runway 29 to minimize runway occupancy time and taxi time after landing. At North Field, the new land uses are for general aviation aircraft parking ramps and/or hangars.
The primary new land-use designation in the 2025 timeframe is additional passenger facilities at South Field, mostly to accommodate additional airline passenger / employee vehicle parking and RON aircraft parking, and additional general aviation land-use designation at North Field. A new runway at South Field (parallel to Runway 11-29) and additional aircraft gates are not shown on the long-term land-use map (2025) because such a runway is not recommended for further study and development due to environmental and financial considerations.
Finally, it is recommended that Port staff and the Stakeholder Advisory Committee continue to work together on the following projects and studies:
- Continue to study a potential Runway 29 aircraft noise barrier, on-Airport, which would provide some aircraft noise reduction for the homes on the west side of Neptune Drive in the City of San Leandro under certain, limited conditions, or other methods to reduce the effects of aircraft noise in the community (including the City of Alameda), and continue to work with the City of San Leandro on their residential sound insulation program, which is currently underway.
- Conduct a study to investigate why some corporate jets (less than 2%) choose not to comply with the Port’s voluntary noise abatement procedures, which requests that they taxi to and depart from South Field instead of North Field (during west plan, except those that can depart on Runway 33).
- Conduct an Airport ground traffic study (work with the cities of Alameda, San Leandro, and Oakland to develop a study to determine the amount of traffic to/from the Airport, including trucks, that uses local streets in these cities).
- Continue the Stakeholder Advisory Committee after the Master Plan, with a new name, so that the Port’s Planning and Development staff can continue to meet, annually or semi-annually, with community stakeholders and Airport-users to provide updates on various projects and Airport activity, as well as receive input.