Flagstaff City Council held a combined work session–special meeting on Sept. 25 to discuss various issues concerning the future of the city.
The meeting began with Matt Quick, a representative for Coffman Associates Airport Consultants, laying out the details of the Airport Master Plan to the council.
Details of the presentation included a map of future expansions to Flagstaff Pulliam Airport and a layout plan that has been approved by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Quick also explained that the plan was a "vision" plan for the airport and not set in stone.
The plan set goals for the next 20 years of growth for the airport.
Currently, the airport employs 498 people, accounting for $32.7 million in payroll and brought in $112.8 million in revenue in 2017. Once the 20-year plan has been completed, Pulliam is scheduled to employ 1,365 people, accounting for $61.6 million in payroll with an estimated $200.3 million in revenue brought in by 2016 economic standards.
Safety improvements will be the first changes made.
"FAA guidelines dictate that safety enhancements be made first, such as hold aprons for planes and new taxiways, before additional hangars and buildings are built," said Quick.
Following the Airport Master Plan, Jenny Niemann, Public Works climate and energy specialist, introduced the draft of the Climate Action and Adaptation Plan for Flagstaff.
Niemann explained that average temperatures have been rising over the past two decades in the city. She told council that if trends continue, Flagstaff will experience higher temperatures, lower snowpack, thinning forests and in general a dryer climate.
The plan itself has ambitious goals, including reducing emissions down by 80 percent by 2050. Mayor Coral Evans liked the goals but cautioned Niemann to keep in mind that many of these goals might not be feasible due to them conflicting with other future growth plans for Flagstaff.
"We need to recognize there are some trade-offs, and there are some things that we may not be able to accomplish," said Evans.
The bike share pilot program is set to expire in October, but over the six months it has been in place, there have been a total of 9,492 trips made on the bikes with a total distance travelled of 10,919 miles.
Once the program ends, Sustainability Manager Nicole Antonopoulos explained that the Public Works department will meet with representatives of NAU, Northern Arizona Intergovernmental Public Transportation Authority, Flagstaff Metropolitan Planning Organization and Coconino County to decide the future of the program.