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Planning & Design

Learn more about our plans for the future of the County Airport System.

The Sacramento County Airport System Planning and Design division is responsible for planning, design and construction activities for the four airports in the system: SMF, SAC, MHR and F72. Planning and Design is comprised of three sections:

Planning and Environment

The Sacramento County Airport Division Planning and Environment section is responsible for: master plans, environmental review and compliance, noise, wildlife management, hazardous materials, recycling, sustainability, federal grants and airport land acquisition programs.

What is a master plan?

An airport master plan is a plan for development over the course of the next 20 years. Airport master plans include the following elements:

  • A vision set forth by the airport owner and interested parties;
  • An inventory of existing facilities, activity, and other areas of regional interest;
  • Forecasts of airport activity including projected levels of passengers, aircraft operations;
  • Demand/Capacity and Facility Requirements for airfield, terminal, roadway, parking, general aviation, cargo, other aviation-related uses, and non-aviation-related uses;
  • Development and evaluation of alternatives that could provide the level of facilities needed to meet the projected demand;
  • A recommended development plan based on the most favorable development option;
  • An environmental overview identifying environmental issues and constraints that must be taken into consideration;
  • A capital improvement program that projects capital costs and potential funding resources for implementation of the recommended airport improvements; and
  • A public involvement program that allows interested parties an opportunity to express their concerns and obtain information for the master plan update process and status.
Contract Opportunities

Design and Development

The Sacramento County Airport System Design and Development section is responsible for: engineering, design, project management, job-order contracting, and CAD/mapping.

Contract Opportunities

Construction Management

The Sacramento County Airport System Construction Management section is responsible for: project delivery, inspection and compliance.

Projects, Plans and Studies



As part of the Sacramento International Airport’s 2020 Master Plan draft update, the Sacramento County Department of Airports is seeking community participation and feedback prior to presenting the draft Master Plan to the County Board of Supervisors. 

The Sacramento International Airport Master Plan Update comment period is now closed. The comments and responses are available below.

Master Plan Public Feedback Q and A

Download (or View) the 2020 Master Plan Draft Update Video Presentation

2020 Master Plan Draft Update PDF Presentation


2020 Master Plan Draft Chapters - Summary PDFs

SMF Inventory Summary 

SMF Forecast Summary 

SMF Facility Requirements Summary 

SMF Alternatives Summary


Comments/inquiries regarding aircraft noise may be submitted to the Sacramento County Airport System by email to or by calling the aircraft noise report line at (916) 874-0800. Please only submit comments or questions regarding the 2020 Airport Master Plan Draft Update to


Executive Airport layout Plan


Mather Airport


Mather 2013 Revised Draft Master Plan