Airport Master Plan

Latest Updates  (11/13/20)

Next AMPAC meeting:   The Airport Master Plan Advisory Committee meeting scheduled for Nov. 19 is being postponed to allow more time for the completion and review of drafts of the environmental overview and alternatives analysis components of the airport master plan. The City will announce the rescheduled meeting date in the near future.

Revised Chapter 3 - Facility Requirements: Mead & Hunt has completed a full revision of Chapter 3. It has been updated to incorporate changes resulting from the revisions to Chapter 2 - Aviation Demand Forecast. This chapter was reviewed by the Airport Master Advisory Committee on Oct. 29.  Appendix F and Appendix G accompany Chapter 3.

September 24, 2020, Joint Letter from Towns of Middleton and Springfield: The City received this letter shortly before the 9/24/20 AMPAC meeting.   Town letter including their aviation consultant's analysis of Chapter 2     City response to Joint Town Letter (October 14)

FAA Approval of Revised Aviation Forecasts:  The FAA has approved the revisions made to the Aviation Demand Forecast (Chapter 2 of the master plan) and Mead & Hunt has prepared a memo summarizing the changes they made to the chapter. The FAA-approved Aviation Demand Forecast chapter is available for public review

FAA acceptance of the forecasts means that the consultant's work on the airport master planning project has resumed. Mead & Hunt project staff are updating the Facility Requirements chapter (to make sure it is based on the revised forecasts) before proceeding with the Alternatives Analysis phase of the master plan. 

The project scope includes an emphasis on analyzing the merits and deficiencies of potentially lengthening the existing, 4,000 ft. east-west runway, upgrading the cross-wind runway, and developing additional space for hangars. The existing, no-build condition will also be included as an alternative for each of these three facilities, along with a listing of merits and deficiencies to be used in the evaluation and comparison. The consultant’s work will include reviewing land use plans and undertaking a noise analysis. A financial plan (including development of cost estimates) will be developed after the alternatives analysis phase. 

To comment on or ask a question about the master plan project, use this link  OR   send an email to the City’s project contact.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Master Plan documents

Public Input

Community Survey and Public Input:  Once a draft plan is available, the City of Middleton will collaborate with the Towns of Middleton and Springfield to prepare a community survey regarding the airport and its future. The City remains fully committed to providing public input opportunities before the Common Council is asked to adopt the master plan. 

This section also lists other public input that the City has received (this is not an exhaustive list).  Every Airport Master Plan Advisory Committee meeting to date has provided an opportunity for public input (see minutes in AMPAC section below). 

Resources related to airport master plans

Previous City actions related to airport planning

  • Resolution 1998-20: Intent for Morey Airport Property. This resolution expressed the City’s position when it deliberated purchasing the airport from the Morey family.
  • Referendum Regarding Airport Expansion. On April 6, 1999, City of Middleton residents defeated a charter ordinance that would have prohibited expansion of the airport. The phrasing of the question was provided by the organizers of the referendum--not by the CityThe vote was 1,281 in favor of prohibition, with 2,326 in opposition. This outcome enabled the City to proceed with making improvements to the airport it had just purchased.
  • Resolution 2014-65: Petitioning the Wisconsin Secretary of Transportation for Airport Improvement Aid. The Wisconsin Bureau of Aeronautics requires the City to adopt such a petition from time to time to maintain a list of eligible projects. Adoption of the petition does not obligate the City to proceed with any of the listed projects nor commit the State or FAA to fund those items. This resolution also is not a decision to proceed with any of the listed projects.
  • Resolution 2019-31: Airport Master Planning Process:  Adopted 8/6/19, this resolution establishes parameters for drafting the airport master plan.
  • Resolution 2020-21: Petitioning the Wisconsin Secretary of Transportation for Airport Improvement Aid. This is the most recent "petition" adopted by the City so that it is eligible for potential Federal and/or State funding assistance. The Wisconsin Bureau of Aeronautics requires the City to adopt such a petition from time to time to maintain a list of eligible projects. Adoption of the petition does not obligate the City to proceed with any of the listed projects nor commit the State or FAA to fund those items. This resolution also is not a decision to proceed with any of the listed projects. The petition does not include any of the potential projects being studied by the airport master planning process.

Airport Master Plan Advisory Committee (AMPAC)

The Airport Master Plan Advisory Committee is an advisory body to the Airport Commission and Middleton Common Council that was formed in early 2019 to oversee development of an updated master plan for the airport. 

AMPAC (and related airport) Meetings:  

Other City meeting agendas and minutes are available here. To access past meetings, select "Meetings" in the red band at the top (directly under the city logo), under Meeting Type select desired committee, and then select a Date Range.

AMPAC Membership and Project Staff

The advisory committee is staffed by City Planner Mark Opitz and Greg Stern, Mead & Hunt, a Middleton-based engineering consulting firm that was hired to prepare the plan. Appointed by the mayor and confirmed by the Common Council, the committee consists of the following 13 members (along with pertinent affiliations):  

  • Robert Bartholomew, City of Middleton resident who lives beneath a runway approach
  • Robert Burck, Middleton Common Council member; also serves on Airport Commission and MADC. Serves as AMPAC chairperson.
  • Dan Dresen, Town of Springfield resident and Town Board member
  • Ray Fey, Airport Commission representative, pilot based at C29, City of Middleton resident
  • Mike Frank, Middleton Chamber of Commerce representative, City of Middleton resident
  • Jade Hofeldt, Capital Flight (business based at C29), Town of Vienna resident
  • Julie Loeffler, Town of Springfield resident
  • Richard Morey, Airport manager and owner of Morey Airplane Company (business based at C29), Waunakee resident
  • Kevin Munson, Pilot (not based at C29), City of Middleton resident. Serves as AMPAC vice-chairperson.
  • Deana Porter, representative of Middleton Area Development Corporation (owner of the terminal building), Town of Middleton resident
  • Cynthia Richson, Town of Middleton resident and Town Board Chairperson
  • John Schaffer, Plan Commission member, City of Middleton resident
  • Mark Warshauer, representative of Friends of Pheasant Branch Conservancy, pilot based at C29, City of Middleton resident

Questions or comments can be addressed to City Planner Mark Opitz 608.821.8394    mopitz@ci.middleton.wi.us    7426 Hubbard Ave., Middleton, WI  53562 

or posted online via this link.