Photo of former military runways

A New Airport for Stanislaus County

The Crows Landing Industrial Business Park (CLIBP) will include a new public-use airport to complement the needs of CLIBP tenants serve regional businesses, and support aviation in Stanislaus County and the Central Valley. Using the new Crows Landing Airport, aviators and travelers will be able to reach the San Francisco Bay Area in as little as 17 minutes!

Reclaimed and Reused!

Stanislaus County will reuse and refurbish one of the site's former military runways to create a new 370-acre airport that boasts a 5,175-foot- long, 100-foot wide runway, full-length taxiway, tie-down facilities, and hangar sites. A helipad will also be constructed.

Airport Design and Features

The new Crows Landing airport will be constructed using former military runway 12-30. Once refurbished, the 5,175-foot runway will be re-designated as Runway 11-29. Airport development will occur during at that same time as other CLIBP development to include includes the following facilities:

  • Hangars and tie-down areas
  • Terminal building
  • Vehicle Parking
  • Fixed based operator
  • Fuel facilities
  • Aircraft wash rack
  • Helicopter takeoff and landing area
  • Internal roads
  • Security fencing and gates

To provide optimal flexibility, the airport will be sized and equipped to accommodate small- to medium-sized air cargo/air freight feeder aircraft, such as the Cessna Caravan, Beech 99, and Lear jet, retrofitted twin-turboprop commuter aircraft, etc. (The use of large air cargo aircraft is not considered.)

Airport Layout Plan – Part of the CLIBP Project

The County has worked with area residents, members of the business community, and regulatory agencies to envision an airport that will meet the needs of the aviation community and complement business park development. The airport vision has been depicted graphically in an Airport Layout Plan (ALP), which was created using Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) design criteria.

The ALP is part of the County’s overall CLIPB design, and its features are being addressed in other environmental permitting and project design decisions to optimize compatibility with the business park.

Airport Land Use Compatibility Plan - Optimizing Site Use

The County has also prepared an Airport Land Use Compatibility Plan (ALUCP), which is required by the State Aeronautics Act. The purpose of an ALUCP is “to protect health safety, and welfare by ensuring the orderly expansion of airports and the adoption of land use measures that minimize the public’s exposure to excessive noise and safety hazards within areas around public airports to the extent that these areas are not already devoted to incompatible uses.”

The County has prepared an ALUCP to help identify appropriate setbacks, height restrictions, and overflight patterns that must be considered when designing and development other nearby facilities. The policies associated with safe aircraft operation and the development of other CLIPB uses have been incorporated in the Crows Landing Specific Plan, which includes design guidance to optimize CLIBP site development and streamline CLIBP approvals. The ALP, ALUCP and CLIBP Specific Plan will be considered during a single environmental permitting effort to promote project consistency and to ready the site for development.

Ready for Takeoff!

The County plans to open the new Crows Landing Airport during Phase 1A, following the receipt of environmental approval and necessary permits. The County will initiate the phased airport improvements identified in its airport layout plan over a 20-year timeframe--or sooner based on demand.

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