The Port of Kennewick's board of directors will take public comment on the future of Vista Field during an April 17 public hearing.
The board agreed to have the hearing to revise the port's comprehensive scheme during its meeting this week, said Executive Director Tim Arntzen. A location and time for the meeting has not been set.
The hearing sets up the potential for the board to decide whether to keep Vista Field as it is, augment it for continued operation or close it for redevelopment.
Arntzen said he couldn't say whether the board would make a decision after hearing public comment.
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The port has struggled to revitalize the 90-acre airfield after deciding two years ago to keep it open in hopes of recruiting more businesses. A consulting firm was hired to do the $225,000 independent review after efforts to find an airport operator fell through.
The port received the latest version of an environmental impact report on the airport earlier this month. It gives a list of three options for Vista Field: enhance the current facilities, redevelop the land for other uses, or make no changes, and also incorporates public comment on the report since it initially was released earlier this year.
The comprehensive scheme governs how the port operates its facilities. Arntzen said any change to Vista Field's operations would require the board to modify the scheme.
Residents and businesses have taken different stands on the future of the airport, with some wanting to keep it open and others wanting the land developed for other uses.
Some public agencies and organizations, including the Tri-City Development Council and Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce, have called for the airfield's closure and redevelopment. No public agencies have said Vista Field should remain a functional airport.
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