Since the late 1990s the City of Hayward has been aggressively developing its airport (Hayward Executive Airport) next to San Lorenzo (see area map.) The airport property, which the City received from the U.S. government following World War II, includes about 27 acres available for future aviation-related uses and another 18.5 acres along Hesperian Boulevard for general commercial development (see airport map). (The city's title to the airport property was challenged in a lawsuit, Wood v. City of Hayward).
The Hayward airport has received several large grants from the Federal Aviation Administration to improve the airport -- see AIP Grants to Hayward.
Business Plan (1997)
The City hired a consulting firm to recommend a strategic business plan for the airport. On Aug. 4, 1997 a final plan was presented to the Hayward City Council's Airport Committee. The business plan will be used as the basis for increasing use of the airport. It recommended that the airport be renamed from the Hayward Air Terminal to the Hayward Executive Airport, in keeping with the City's mission of promoting the airport as the "premiere executive aviation facility" in the region. (The name was subsequently changed in 1999.)
Airport Master Plan (1998 - 2000)
Any major changes at the airport must be reflected in the Airport Master Plan (AMP), a long-term planning document that is required by both the State of California and the Federal Aviation Administration. The City received $150,000 from the Federal Aviation Administration to revise its AMP beginning in 1998. This amount represents 90% of the cost of updating the AMP.
In 1998 a private consultant, Coffman Associates of Lee's Summit, Missouri, began revising the AMP under the direction of the City. An "airport planning committee" was formed to review the revision as it evolved. This committee included airport tenants and users, planning officials, and representatives of neighboring residential areas. Public workshops were held periodically throughout the AMP revision process, but were sparsely attended. The draft AMP was completed in late April 2000.
The City prepared an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) to address the impact of the planned airport development on such things as street traffic and noise in neighboring homes. The City Council approved the AMP and the EIR. In addition, the FAA had to review and approve both documents before it could give more money to the City to develop the airport.
Scheduled Passenger Service (2000)
A "Feasibility Analysis for Passenger Air Service at Hayward Airport" was presented to the City Council's Airport Committee at a special meeting Feb. 17, 2000. The report concludes that commercial air service "does not seem feasible for Hayward Airport at this time. If market demand changes, if air service patterns at San Francisco International Airport change, and if new commuter airlines providing point-to-point service becomes available in California, then air service at Hayward Airport should be explored." The report was prepared by Tri-Star Marketing Co. (5150 East Pacific Coast Highway, Suite 200, Long Beach CA 90804). The body of the report is 16 pages.
New Airport Layout Plan (2008 - present)
The City began revising its "airport layout plan" (ALP) in July 2008. The ALP is an airport's FAA-approved plan for design and construction (not the same as the master plan described above).
An interim report was issued in December 2008 (Hayward Executive Airport Airport Layout Plan Update: Interim Narrative Report). The cost of the ALP is being paid almost entirely by a grant from the FAA.
For more information see Hayward Airport Layout Plan Revision.