Sugar Land regional airport considers future development


The airport master plan identified five sites belonging to the airport that could be used for non-aeronautical purposes, such as retail, restaurants, hospitality, light industrial use and offices and l administrative use, officials said. (courtesy Sugar Land Regional Airport)

The Sugar Land regional airport could see further developments in the future, pending recommendations from the recent site assessment, airport officials said. Although the airport’s main source of revenue is fuel, officials said they plan to add other potential revenue streams by identifying possible uses for the tracts of land within the property.

The airport master plan identified five sites belonging to the airport that could be used for non-aeronautical purposes, with the study aiming to identify “the highest and best use” of each site. This use is determined by what is “legally permissible, physically possible and financially feasible” while resulting in the highest value, according to airport documents. Uses could include retail, dining, hospitality, light industrial use, and office and administrative use, said Elizabeth Rosenbaum, director of aviation at Sugar Land Regional Airport. All sites were assessed for their potential uses, and all uses were analyzed for their potential value.

While many projects in the airport master plan await outside funding from entities such as the Texas Department of Transportation, this project will instead provide another source of revenue for the airport.

“We want to move forward [with projects], but we can’t move forward until we determine what the funding is, ”Rosenbaum said, adding that the airport is also still seeking funding from other grants.

The city worked with the airport on the potential use of the land. Devon Rodriguez, deputy director of economic development for the town of Sugar Land, said officials hope the site assessment will be completed in early 2022. This assessment will rank the sites based on qualitative and objective observations and their alignment with the local needs of the target industry. .

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