General Aviation

These development areas have runway / taxiway access and are reserved for uses dependent on airside access.

A broad mix of uses are allowed in the general aviation development area, excluding residential. The defining criteria for allowable uses in this area are the extent to which they are dependent on access to the runway and the type and size of aircraft operations.

Architectural details are dependent on:
  • Aircraft type and size
  • Building restriction lines designated by the airport layout plan (ALP)
  • Dimensional standards outlined in Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Advisory Circular 150/5300-13 (series) Airport Design
  • Scale of the development (single hangar vs. T-hangar complex)
Building design should be consistent with accepted industry design standards and FAA-approved building materials. Landscaping should only be considered outside the air operations area.

Development of these sites generally accommodates the mixing of ground vehicle and airplane activities with some sort of access controls and parking restrictions. Side- or rear-yard setbacks and aircraft object-free areas vary depending on the taxiway or taxi lane type and the specific type of hangar development. Details are outlined during the City of Tumwater design review process and the creation of a binding site plan.