KENT -- The first public meeting for the Kent State University Airport Master Plan has been scheduled for 6 p.m. March 4.
The meeting will introduce the project and learn why university leaders are reassessing recommendations from the 2006 plan and taking a fresh look at the airport's assets and needs.
The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. at Council Chambers at Stow City Hall, 3760 Darrow Road, in Stow.
It will include a presentation of the master plan process, the project schedule and how the public can provide input on the airport's existing conditions and future use.
Master planning for Kent State University airport
Kent State has owned the public-use, general aviation airport since 1942 and uses the facility to support its Aeronautics Program, one of 32 accredited aviation education programs worldwide.
Officials say the airport is a critical asset for the Aeronautics Program, which serves more than 560 students in five areas of concentration under the Bachelor of Science degree in Aeronautics.
In 2004, the airport completed a master plan, which was then updated in 2006. At that time, the university was considering closing the airport and moving operations to another nearby airport.
University leaders are now reassessing the recommendations of the previous plan, and a new plan is required to take a fresh look at the airport's assets and determine its needs.
Officials say the airport is a significant economic driver locally, supporting not only the university's Aeronautics Program, but also local businesses, community services and private pilots.
The new master plan must take into account how the airport can best serve the needs of all members of the community.