Airport/Whitaker Park Plan

Plan Status - IN PROGRESS

This strategic plan will address how the airport and Whitaker Park can be leveraged to increase economic development opportunities in the community, and how the appearance of the surrounding area can be improved through design enhancements.

Airport / Whitaker Park Planning Area Boundary

Future Meetings

2nd Meeting:  Thursday, December 5, 2019
Hanes Hosiery Recreation Center, 501 Reynolds Boulevard
Purpose:  Discuss Economic Development Strategies

3rd Meeting:  Thursday, January 16, 2019
Smith Reynolds Airport, 3801 N. Liberty Street
Purpose:  Develop Site Design Concepts

Final Drop-in Meeting:  Thursday, February 13, 2019 
Smith Reynolds Airport, 3801 N. Liberty Street
Purpose:  Review Draft Plan

All Meetings will begin at 6:00 p.m.

  1. Progress
  2. Documents

Meetings

Over 100 people attended the public kickoff meeting for the Smith Reynolds Airport/Whitaker Park Strategic Area Plan held at Carver High School on October 17, 2019.  The plan area encompasses 2,900 acres and includes businesses and neighborhoods adjacent to Smith Reynolds Airport and Whitaker Park. The kickoff meeting allowed citizens to give input on how future development at Smith Reynolds Airport and Whitaker Park can spur additional business growth in the area.  Discussion also centered on ways to improve the appearance of areas along Akron Drive and Liberty Street, the main business corridors in the area. Citizen suggestions included recruiting aviation-related companies; offering aviation-related work training programs; and adding street trees, street lighting, sidewalks, bike lanes, and bus stations along Liberty Street and Akron Drive. 

Three additional citizen meetings are scheduled as part of the planning process. The next meeting will be held on December 5, 2019 at the Hanes Hosiery Recreation Center, 501 Reynolds Boulevard, to discuss economic development strategies and determine preferences for site planning/streetscape elements. 

Public hearings on the draft plan before the City-County Planning Board and City Council will be scheduled for Spring 2020.