Commission hears update on O’side airport plan

OCEANSIDE — The Planning Commission heard out a homeowner’s building plan, a business conditional use request and an update on the airport master plan on Dec. 15.

The commission unanimously approved a homeowner’s beachfront deck expansion, and a conditional use permit for a wireless communication facility on commercial property on Mission Avenue.

A decision on a conditional use permit to operate and store two 30,000-gallon propane tanks at a business on Oceanside Boulevard was postponed until late January, due to the commission’s request for more information.

Premiere Patio Heating Specialists, an existing business, which specializes in distributing and renting propane patio heaters, made the permit request. A 499-gallon and temporary 10,000-gallon tank are now in use on the site.

The temporary tank will be removed upon approval of the two 30,000-gallon tanks.

During the meeting Doug Eddow, the city’s property manager, updated the commission on the progress of the Oceanside Municipal Airport master plan.

The plan was last updated in the late 1990s, and must be revised in order for the airport to receive FAA funds to further improve the facility.

Eddow said two workshops would be held in January to gather additional input from pilots and the community.

He said the workshops were scheduled because pilots said they would like to see further changes to the runway, hangers and terminal building added to the master plan at the last workshop.

The January workshops will allow pilots and the community to weigh in on the changes before the plan is presented to City Council for approval sometime between February and April. Latest updates include modifications to the configuration of the taxiway.

“We want to hear them out one more time,” Eddow said.

Eddow added the FAA is committed to have an airport stay in Oceanside. Part of the city’s requirements is to have a master plan in place.

The plan will include the present condition, aviation demand and future development of the airport through 2035.

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