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Help us think about how Hillsboro Airport will change over the next 20 years to better serve the surrounding community and fulfill its role as an important place for business aviation, flight training and recreational flying. 

We collected comments on development possibilities and ongoing community engagement between Dec. 20, 2017 and Feb. 5, 2018. Project staff will provide a summary of comments collected at the next Planning Advisory Committee meeting

Port of Portland staff points to a map of Hillsboro Airport and speaks with community members.

Port of Portland outreach booth

An airport master plan provides a framework or "blue print" to guide future airport development. The updated Master Plan will help ensure Hillsboro Airport remains safe, efficient and financially healthy while helping to increase economic and environmental benefits for the surrounding community.

As the second busiest airport in Oregon, Hillsboro Airport plays a vital role in the region’s transportation system and economy. The airport is an important place for recreational flying, business air shuttles, flight training and emergency responders. Many people know Hillsboro Airport as the host of the Oregon International Air Show. Hillsboro Airport does not provide commercial passenger service.

Hillsboro Airport by the numbers

  • Airport size: More than 960 acres
  • Runways: 2 parallel runways and 1 crosswind runway
  • Based aircraft: About 350
  • Takeoffs and landings in 2016: 197,763
  • FAA Air Traffic Control Tower

More than 25 businesses and services operate at Hillsboro Airport, including:

  • Aircraft charter services for business travel
  • Local corporate flight departments and a corporate shuttle service
  • Air ambulance services
  • TV news helicopters
  • Flight schools
  • Aircraft maintenance and repair operations
  • Youth science program
  • U.S. Customs and Border Protection office for international flights

Previous comments from the community

Earlier in 2017, we engaged people at community events and online to learn how residents and businesses want to use Hillsboro Airport property in the future. The project team considered community input to design a variety of development possibilities. Here are some of the ideas we heard:

  • Create community connections to the airport through public viewing areas, educational opportunities and children’s activities
  • Add commercial development for shops and restaurants
  • Improve access for bicycle, pedestrian and public transit use around the airport
  • Enhance aesthetics of airport property
  • Find opportunities to increase airport compatibility with the surrounding community

The development alternatives in this planning phase support the many community ideas by identifying where these types of future uses could happen. The project team will develop more detailed plans later in the planning process as they consider “sub-areas” of airport property where concepts will be developed in more detail.

Planning Advisory Committee

The Port of Portland formed a Planning Advisory Committee (PAC) of 18 members representing diverse interests. PAC members provide advice to the project team on key inputs to the analysis and recommendations as the plan develops.

Project staff present information to Planning Advisory Committee members at a meeting.

PAC meeting presentation

Airport role analysis

Airport role describes the types of users and activities served by Hillsboro Airport (recreational flying, business aviation, flight training, maintenance, etc.) and its relationship to other airports. After completing a strategic analysis, the project team proposed Hillsboro Airport continue its current role hosting similar types of aircraft, activities and services that we see today as a General Aviation/Reliever airport. Based on the analysis and discussion with the Planning Advisory Committee, the team determined conditions are not right for Hillsboro Airport to grow into a new role over the next 20 years.

Community feedback

  • Most people who provided feedback over the summer generally agreed that the role of Hillsboro Airport should remain the same.
  • People who strongly agreed tended to say an increase in airport activity could have negative effects on the quality of life for communities that surround the airport.
  • People who disagreed shared a range of opinions, including:
    • Airport activities should expand to include commercial passenger service.
    • Airport activities should shrink to reduce negative effects to the community.
    • Hillsboro Airport is no longer compatible with the surrounding community.

Read the full outreach summary

Development possibilities

The project team considered input from the community and Planning Advisory Committee to design three development alternatives showing how Hillsboro Airport could change over time. Each alternative proposes different approaches to meeting airport facility needs for the 20-year planning period, identifies areas suitable for non-aviation development and addresses community comments in different ways.

Evaluation process

The project team is evaluating each alternative using the criteria below. After considering comments and completing an initial evaluation, the project team will use the most promising ideas to develop a refined fourth alternative for further study.

Project team members discuss a map of development possibilities with Planning Advisory Committee members.

Development possibility discussion

The project team proposed the criteria below based on community input and industry best practices. The project’s Planning Advisory Committee agreed the criteria should be used in the alternatives analysis.

Maps of alternatives

Use the maps on each tab below to learn about the alternatives. Click on the map to zoom in to an area. 

Existing Hillsboro Airport North quadrant Existing Hillsboro Airport East quadrant Existing Hillsboro Airport West quadrant Existing Hillsboro Airport South quadrant Image Map
Legend
Airport Property Line icon Airport Property Line
Non-Aviation Uses icon Non-Aviation Uses
General Aviation Hangars icon General Aviation Hangars
Potential Acquisition icon Potential Acquisition
Runway Protection Zone (RPZ) icon Runway Protection Zone (RPZ)
Possible Non-Aviation Uses icon Possible Non-Aviation Uses
Flight Schools/Helicopters icon Flight Schools/Helicopters
Potential Location Move icon Potential Location Move
Corporate Aviation icon Corporate Aviation
Terminal icon Terminal

Current Airport

  • Current layout of Hillsboro Airport today

Alternative 1 - Hillsboro Airport North quadrant Alternative 1 - Hillsboro Airport East quadrant Alternative 1 - Hillsboro Airport West quadrant Alternative 1 - Hillsboro Airport South quadrant Image Map
Legend
Airport Property Line icon Airport Property Line
Non-Aviation Uses icon Non-Aviation Uses
General Aviation Hangars icon General Aviation Hangars
Potential Acquisition icon Potential Acquisition
Runway Protection Zone (RPZ) icon Runway Protection Zone (RPZ)
Possible Non-Aviation Uses icon Possible Non-Aviation Uses
Flight Schools/Helicopters icon Flight Schools/Helicopters
Potential Location Move icon Potential Location Move
Corporate Aviation icon Corporate Aviation
Terminal icon Terminal

Alternative 1 – Consistency with 2005 Airport Master Plan

  • Consistency: Represents the least change compared to previous plans

  • Terminal stays: The terminal complex remains in its current location and leverages opportunities for complementary uses at Fairgrounds and MAX light rail station
  • Development is incremental: Focuses on the benefits of infill development before considering new development
  • Most non-aviation opportunity: Infill strategy creates the most potential space for non-aviation development in north quadrant
  • Northeast Brookwood Parkway- incremental expansion: Increases existing uses including more corporate aviation and box hangars for smaller aircraft
  • Least expensive: Lowest relative development costs compared to other alternatives due to use of existing infrastructure
  • Shifts airport noise patterns slightly north (similar for all alternatives)

Alternative 2 - Hillsboro Airport North quadrant Alternative 2 - Hillsboro Airport East quadrant Alternative 2 - Hillsboro Airport West quadrant Alternative 2 - Hillsboro Airport South quadrant Image Map
Legend
Airport Property Line icon Airport Property Line
Non-Aviation Uses icon Non-Aviation Uses
General Aviation Hangars icon General Aviation Hangars
Potential Acquisition icon Potential Acquisition
Runway Protection Zone (RPZ) icon Runway Protection Zone (RPZ)
Possible Non-Aviation Uses icon Possible Non-Aviation Uses
Flight Schools/Helicopters icon Flight Schools/Helicopters
Potential Location Move icon Potential Location Move
Corporate Aviation icon Corporate Aviation
Terminal icon Terminal

Alternative 2 – Co-locate Like Facilities

  • Terminal stays: The terminal complex remains in its current location and leverages opportunities for complementary uses at Fairgrounds and MAX light rail station

  • Groups complementary uses: Expands on previous plans to group uses such as small general aviation and flight training near the smaller training runway
  • Northeast Brookwood Parkway– more corporate aviation: Add corporate aviation near existing corporate uses
  • More non-aviation opportunity: Slightly less space for non-aviation development in north quadrant compared to Alternative 1
  • Higher costs than Alternative 1: Relocation of some uses causes higher relative development costs
  • Shifts airport noise patterns slightly north (similar for all alternatives)

Alternative 3 - Hillsboro Airport North quadrant Alternative 3 - Hillsboro Airport East quadrant Alternative 3 - Hillsboro Airport West quadrant Alternative 3 - Hillsboro Airport South quadrant Image Map
Legend
Airport Property Line icon Airport Property Line
Non-Aviation Uses icon Non-Aviation Uses
General Aviation Hangars icon General Aviation Hangars
Potential Acquisition icon Potential Acquisition
Runway Protection Zone (RPZ) icon Runway Protection Zone (RPZ)
Possible Non-Aviation Uses icon Possible Non-Aviation Uses
Flight Schools/Helicopters icon Flight Schools/Helicopters
Potential Location Move icon Potential Location Move
Corporate Aviation icon Corporate Aviation
Terminal icon Terminal

Alternative 3 – Relocate Terminal to Brookwood Parkway

  • Terminal moves: Terminal building relocated to greenfield in east quadrant, along Brookwood Pkwy

  • Redevelop south quadrant: Quadrant along Northeast Cornell Road redeveloped with fixed base operators (aircraft service providers) and corporate aviation uses
  • Proximity to Fairgrounds and MAX less leveraged: Terminal building would be farther from complementary uses at Fairgrounds and MAX light rail station
  • New infill of small aircraft storage: Provides new small aircraft storage in west quadrant in addition to storage shown in other alternatives within north quadrant
  • Least non-aviation opportunity: Least space available for non-aviation development in north quadrant compared to other alternatives
  • Most expensive: Significant relocation and redevelopment presents the highest relative development costs, compared to other alternatives
  • Shifts airport noise patterns slightly north (similar for all alternatives)

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Ongoing engagement

As part of the master plan process, the Port of Portland will provide a method to discuss ongoing airport operations and projects with community members. Here are some of the ideas we're considering: 

  • Ideas to involve the community in Hillsboro Airport discussions on an ongoing basis: 
    • Provide regular presentations at local City Council and/or County Commission meetings
    • Establish a community committee
    • Host public listening sessions
    • Web content or other technology
  • Ideas to provide information about Hillsboro Airport:
    • Attend a meeting
    • News media
    • Email updates
    • Port of Portland website
    • Facebook
    • Twitter
    • Nextdoor

We collected comments on these ideas between Dec. 20, 2017 and Feb. 5, 2018. Project staff will provide a summary of comments at the next Planning Advisory Committee meeting

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Next steps

The project team will consider comments collected on the development alternatives to create a refined fourth alternative for further study. In the next stage of planning, the project team will ask for comments focused on airport “subareas” where concepts will be developed in more detail and ideas for community access to Hillsboro Airport will be further considered. This process will conclude by identifying a preferred alternative, which will be included in the final Master Plan document.

PAC: Planning Advisory Committee Meeting

Stay involved

Here are a few ways you can stay involved in the Hillsboro Airport Master Plan Update:

Sign up for email updates to stay informed

Attend a Planning Advisory Committee meeting

Meeting dates are posted on the Hillsboro Airport website

Request a presentation for your neighborhood or organization

Contact Jayson Shanafelt at Jayson.Shanafelt@portofportland.com

Attend an event: 

Planning Advisory Committee Meeting #6 – March 21, 2018

Attend the next Planning Advisory Committee meeting where committee members will discuss community uses of airport property in detail. All meetings are open to the public and reserve time for public comment.

Public Open House (English) – March 22, 2018

Come talk to staff about the Master Plan process and comment on the next phase of development alternatives.

Public Open House (Spanish) – April 5, 2018

Come talk to staff about the Master Plan process and comment on the next phase of development alternatives.

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Photo from Planning Advisory Committee meeting with project team members and committee members engaging around maps of development possibilities.

Development possibility discussion

Planning Advisory Committee members reading project information.

Planning Advisory Committee members

Project team members presenting to a roomful of community members at a Tamale Night event.

Tamale Night with Centro Cultural