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Hillsboro Airport: How Its Future Plans Affect Our Community

Post Date:02/20/2019

Aerial view of the Hillsboro Airport runwayWhat's next for Hillsboro Airport?

Led by the Port of Portland, an advisory committee — with City of Hillsboro participation — recently finalized the first major update to the airport's master plan since 2005. The Hillsboro Airport Master Plan Update Committee will convene in March to approve the update.

Everyone in Hillsboro recognizes the annual Oregon Air Show, which draws thousands from all over the region and raises money for local community organizations. The Hillsboro Airport Air Fair, hosted by the Port of Portland, attracted 1,162 people last October.

But the airport is so much more than fun. As the state's second-busiest airport, its impact extends far beyond Hillsboro and Washington County. Air ambulance services, aircraft charters and corporate shuttles, TV news helicopters, flight schools, and aircraft repair operations — all rely on Hillsboro Airport.

Hillsboro residents rely on it, too. The airport hosts more than 25 businesses and contributes more than 1,400 jobs to our community.

While not every Hillsboro business is served by the airport, it connects all. Everyone in Hillsboro knows someone who is helped by the airport's success — local restaurants, entrepreneurs, retailers, and others thrive because of the people who use it.

Supporting that continued success is a Hillsboro City Council priority. It's why the City of Hillsboro has actively participated on the Hillsboro Airport Master Plan Update Committee through the Port of Portland — planning for how the airport can help our community continue to prosper over the long term.

The Master Plan Update will ensure the airport's long-term viability by dedicating more land on the airport's north side for development. This additional land will continue to support North Hillsboro’s growing industrial base. Also, replacing the existing airport terminal building will offer additional opportunities for retailers and community spaces.

The plan also considers a redevelopment of the existing hotel across the street from the Airport. Its location — between the terminal and the Washington County Events Center — is perfect for many would-be hotel guests who are in town for business or tourism.

The City of Hillsboro doesn't own the Hillsboro Airport, yet the City wants a seat at the table for the Master Plan Update to help plan for the community’s future.

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