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Lost Nation Airport master plan: Public input sought

Andrew Cass | The News-Herald

Lake County residents will get the chance to weigh in on Lost Nation Airport’s master plan Sept. 20.

The first public meeting on the plan will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Classic Jet Center building, 1969 Lost Nation Road in Willoughby.

Airport Manager Patty Fulop said the meeting is an “open house” format and attendees may stop in at their convenience. The meeting will give an overview of the project, talk about forecasts of airport activity and accommodating future demand. The public will have the chance to give their input on airport development.

Fulop said the main objective of the master plan is to outline the vision for the airport and document the extent, type and schedule of development required to accommodate existing and future needs.

The airport’s master plan was last completed in 1999 and the current airport layout plan was approved by the Federal Aviation Administration in 2006.

The Lake County Ohio Port and Economic Development Authority took control of the airport from the city of Willoughby in 2014.

Since taking over the airport, the port authority has made several improvements to it, including repairs to both runways, adding new equipment and installing a new Automated Weather Observation Station. Lost Nation recently received an FAA grant for pavement repairs on taxiways A, C and D. The terminal also will see rehabilitation work.

Lost Nation Airport spans about 400 acres in Willoughby and Mentor. It is also home to non-aviation facilities such as the Lost Nation Sports Park and the Players Club banquet facility.

Fulop said the Sept. 20 open house will include multiple showing of a presentation of the master plan process, forecasts and facility requirements.