A draft regional airport master plan is once again before Vernon city council, Monday, with staff recommending no extension of the current runway for the third time in a row.
Some councillors had rebuffed earlier recommendations to rule out the expensive runway upgrade, instead ordering staff to rework the numbers on the cost of building an extension.
Last time, Coun. Catherine Lord said that if the project does not go ahead now it never will, due to a change in Transport Canada regulations.
Lord rejected a cost estimate for a runway extension set at $5.2 million, stating it could be lower. A revised estimate puts the cost at $4.3 million.
Council is being asked to endorse a development alternative that does not include an extension of the runway and calls for further public consultation ahead of developing a detailed implementation and funding strategy.
It also recommends exploring the feasibility of designating land north of the airport for "employment lands."
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