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Unformatted text preview: Landrum & Brown | 2.17.2011 INDIANAPOLIS AIRPORT AUTHORITY AIRPORT PROPERTY LAND USE AND DEVELOPMENT STRATEGY 1 | Landrum & Brown The Indianapolis Airport Authority A Land Use Planning Initiative: Creating the Aerotropolis 1. INTRODUCTION As the City of Indianapolis and its regional airport system led by the Indianapolis Airport Authority (IAA), prepare to address their needs for coming decades, the potential economic, business, and financial benefits of synergistic growth argue for a comprehensive planning effort. Historically, commercial airports have long been considered a primary focal point in the growth of a region. Typically however, the planning of the airport is built (appropriately) around operational safety, security, and the ability to provide high levels of service to a regional constituency. Critical considerations also include levels of capital investment, financial viability, regional business infrastructure, and of course carrier route development strategies. The airport’s land use planning evolves from its commitment to address these needs. Airport Master Plans are prepared and an Airport Layout Plan (ALP) is created to demonstrate to the Federal Aviation Administration how the airport will meet the obligations of its primary charter. In today’s modern aviation environment, airports must look beyond their historical practices, and incorporate their planning with regional land use and transportation planning and economic development initiatives. The planning effort of the past year has proceeded along two separate but coordinated tracks. The first is assessing the viability and planning for the creation of an airport city or as it is called in modern terminology – the Aerotropolis – with Indianapolis International Airport as the stimulus. The second element is identifying and evaluating the potential of developing properties for non-aviation use at the Authority’s network of regional airports. In combination these two efforts form the “LAND IN SIGHT” Initiative. 2. THE AEROTROPOLIS Over the past ten years, from this planned integration of airport development as the primary stimulus for regional planning and growth, the concept of the airport city has evolved. Quoting Dr. John Kasarda of University of North Carolina, “The rapid expansion of airport-linked commercial facilities is making today’s air gateways anchors of 21st century metropolitan development where distant travelers and locals alike can conduct business, exchange knowledge, shop, eat, sleep, and be entertained without going more than 15 minutes from the airport. This functional and spatial evolution is transforming many city airports into airport cities. As more and more aviation-oriented businesses are being drawn to airport cities and along transportation corridors radiating from them, a new urban form is emerging— the Aerotropolis —stretching up to 20 miles (30 kilometers) outward from some airports”....
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