The proposed expansion of Katama Airpark in Edgartown on Martha’s Vineyard, Mass., took a step forward April 11 when the state legislature scheduled final passage of a bill allowing enlargement of the airpark’s hangar and providing more room for airport operations.
Expanding the seaside airpark with three unpaved runways had previously received approval from state and local officials. Legislative action was required because of the airpark’s status as a portion of the Katama Airfield and Nature Preserve.
Approval was expected after House Bill 2888 was moved toward a final reading. It would then be sent to Gov. Deval Patrick’s desk for signing, said AOPA Northeast Regional Representative Craig Dotlo.
The measure’s provisions include allowing the airpark’s existing hangar to be enlarged from a 50-by-53-foot structure to 60 by 100 feet. A land transfer designates about two acres as an airport operations zone, with its uses limited to “operation of a grass-runway airfield substantially as it has been operated historically and is currently operated.” About 6,700 square feet of airport land that has been mowed will now exist in its natural state.
Since the bill was assigned to the House Municipalities and Regional Government Committee in January, Dotlo has worked with state lawmakers to advocate the benefits of the airport’s expansion for the community and the statewide aviation system.
“Passage of this measure assures that Katama Airpark will grow and remain a strong airport in the Massachusetts area. This is a good example of why AOPA strives to protect and promote airports of all sizes and types,” he said.