The Johnson County Commissioners on Tuesday voted to make an offer to purchase lands near the north end of the airport property to secure enough space for future development at the site.
Plans are for a runway realignment and other amenities in the next few years, and the purchase of the land, which is owned by Intermountain Construction Materials, or ICM, is necessary for those projects to move forward. Commissioner John Gibbs has been involved in the process, and reported to the other commissioners where the negotiations stand.
Other lands in the area may be swapped, bought or sold, and agreements will have to be reached in the future, but Gibbs said talks with landowners were going well. According to Gibbs, the runway is five feet too close to the main building for FAA standards, so the existing runway will need to be moved, extended and upgraded to accommodate larger planes. Smaller cross-runways will be built to accommodate smaller aircraft.
The runway will remain fixed at the southern edge and will pivot slightly to the NW to be extended and upgraded. The existing runway will be used as a taxiway, he said. The county offered $750,000 for the 420+/- acres owned by ICM.