The Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport Master Plan has been initiated by the Roanoke Regional Airport Commission to be the guiding framework for future airport development for the next 20 years. The economic impact of the airport on the Roanoke and New River Valley communities is growing through its direct and indirect contributions. The airport must consider the magnitude of possibilities for continuing to provide not only an outstanding airport experience, but a solid infrastructure that supports the growth of this region.

Airports are complex infrastructures. Future airport development must take into account community issues that go beyond air service development to reflect environmental, socio-economic, and economic interests and opportunities. The Master Plan will present a thorough account of the implications and opportunities of airport growth by forecasting passenger demand as well as infrastructure improvements.

In spring and summer 2023, the Master Plan engaged citizens, businesses, and community stakeholders. Development of the Master Plan was closely coordinated by a Master Plan Advisory Committee and Expert Panel composed of government, business, and citizen representatives.

Airports rely on a collaborative and cooperative process with the FAA in Master Planning. The Roanoke Regional Airport Commission approved submittal to the FAA of the Master Plan concepts and proposed staging plans in summer 2023. The Commission remains in close communication with the FAA. Once all necessary Master Plan components have been submitted the FAA, all feedback reviewed, and adjustments made, the airport will submit the draft Airport Land Use Plan (ALP) for the FAA’s approval.

Those interested can download key planning documents on this page as they become available.