The existing Seaplane Base has been operating for 65 years and is at the end of its useful life. The Assembly passed an action plan to construct a new facility just inside the breakwater on Japonski Island (end of Seward Street) making this a top priority to secure Federal Funding, land, and ultimately construction. Federal funding* is anticipated to cover 93.75% of the cost of construction and another $150k per year in entitlements for the Airport Capital Improvements Program (ACIP). For this reason, it is essential for the project development to follow the required Federal funding process anticipated to span four years.
There are 5 main phases required to complete to be eligible to proceed to the next stage and receive Federal funding:
1. Planning and Environmental Review (current funded stage): Completed
2. Layout plan (current funded stage): Completed
3. Land acquisition: Summer 2021
4. Design/Final Permitting (must build or give back FAA funds): Complete Summer 2023
5. Construction: 2024-2025
*Federal Grants for 2021 will be 100% covered
2012 & 2016
The Seaplane Base Siting Analysis presentation was delivered in 2012 at public meeting in Sitka. The presentation reviewed the need for seaplane base (SPB) improvements in Sitka, summarized the SPB site selection process, and recommended a preferred site for detailed planning and environmental review prior to design and construction. The siting analysis was updated in 2016.
Questions about this project should be directed to:,
Mike Schmetzer, Municipal Engineer
The Sitka Seaplane Base Siting Analysis Update is now available for download.
The Sitka Seaplane Base Siting Analysis Update Public Meeting Notes from Wednesday, February 17, 2016.
The Sitka Seaplane Base Siting Analysis is now available for download.
The Seaplane Base Siting Analysis presentation (see below) was delivered at an April 11, 2012 public meeting in Sitka. The presentation reviews the need for seaplane base (SPB) improvements in Sitka, summarizes the SPB site selection process, and recommends a preferred site for detailed planning and environmental review prior to design and construction.
Please review the presentation and provide us with your email comments by April 30, 2012.
Click the following link to view the Seaplane Base Siting Analysis Presentation.