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Heber Valley Airport’s master plan is designed to be a transparent and thoughtful effort to engage all stakeholders in planning for the future of the airport. This means looking at whether any changes are needed to update the existing airport’s security, safety, and efficiency. It is not a mandate to grow the airport; rather, it provides the City with accurate and current data that will help the community make informed decisions about the future of this airport. Once the data is collected, the City can then make decisions on whether it needs to modernize the airport or if there are safety concerns that should be addressed. To be clear, there is no requirement as the result of the Master Plan that the City expand the airport. According to the FAA, “Airport Master plans are prepared to support the modernization or expansion of existing airports or the creation of a new airport. The master plan is the sponsor’s (Heber City) strategy for the development of the airport.” However, “in some cases the airport sponsor may decide that it is in the community’s best interest for the airport not to continue to grow to accommodate forecast activity.” (FAA Advisory Circular 150-5070-6B)
In the last few years Heber City Airport has seen an increase in small business jet traffic. The runway at Heber City Airport was designed for aircraft with much slower approach speeds than the aircraft that now use our airport. Because we have more than 500 operations (takeoffs or landings) by these business jets each year, the FAA has strongly encouraged Heber City to prepare an update of the airport master plan so the City can make a well-informed decision about the future airport development of the airport in light of its existing and predicted future traffic.
The Airport Master Plan update is expected to take between 18 months and 2 years to complete. There are three main phases to the plan: inventory and forecasting, developing and selecting the preferred plan, and finalizing the preferred alternative. There will be opportunities for public involvement throughout the process.
When airport owners or sponsors like the City accept grant funds from the FAA, they must sign a contract that includes a list of obligations that the City must satisfy. These obligations, called Grant Assurances, require that the City to maintain and operate their airport safely and efficiently and in accordance with specified conditions. These Grant Assurances cover a range of safety, operations and financial matters that are designed to make sure that the airport is operated in a manner consistent with federal policies and regulations.
The City does not have, and is not required to seek, a permit to operate a commercial airport. No one is even contemplating creating a commercial airport. Without such a permit, regular commercial airline service cannot be introduced at the airport. In addition, there are terrain and other issues that would make it very difficult for the City to make the improvements that would be required to accommodate airlines. To be clear, the FAA cannot, and an airline cannot, force the City to accept airline service.
The Heber Valley Airport serves many vital needs of the Heber community, including
Understanding the scope of services available at Heber Valley Airport helps to explain its critical role in travel, transportation, and infrastructure. The Heber Valley Airport also offers facilities for pilots, refueling and refreshing. Other services include offering conference rooms, flight crew quarters, and aircraft mechanical services.
In terms of aircraft and hangar owners, the demographics are as follows:
No. Any aircraft that can safely use the airport must be allowed to operate. Federal law prohibits the City from imposing limits beyond safety limits that are dictated by the FAA. In the same way the City cannot restrict the general public from driving on public roads, the City cannot restrict the number or type of aircraft using the airport.
No. Every airport is designed for maximum size and speed of aircraft. If an aircraft can safely use the airport, federal law prohibits the City from preventing that aircraft from using the airport. If an aircraft is too large to safely operate, that is the FAA’s and the pilot’s responsibility, not the City’s obligation, to know that it would be unsafe to operate at the airport. Of course, if a large aircraft were land anyway, and were to damage our facility because of weight or speed, the owners of that aircraft would be held responsible. One of the reasons that the FAA has asked the City to undertake the Master Plan is that the FAA data shows that somewhat larger aircraft would use this airport if it were safe to do so. The Master Plan process is designed to help the City make a decision whether to update the safety standards for those larger planes.
No. Because Heber City has accepted federal grants, Heber City is obligated to maintain the airport in a safe condition in perpetuity. Of course, even if the City could close the airport, it would mean loss of numerous livable wage jobs and prevent critical access for our region’s emergency services.
Yes, but it would be very costly to Heber City taxpayers. And, even if the City were to fund the airport, it would still be bound by the federal Grant Assurances because it has taken grant money in the past. In the future, if the City took no more federal grant money, it would have to fund maintenance and improvements necessary to satisfy its legal obligation to keep the airport operating in a safe manner.
Today, Heber City is the official airport sponsor and is therefore responsible for all related costs. There is, however, no reason that Heber City could not entertain an agreement between either other counties to help defray costs. This decision to participate in an agreement would entail financial and legal risk. The economic benefits would have to outweigh that risk.
Heber City and the Heber Valley Airport are actively seeking community input during the master plan upgrade process. Please leave a comment here or plan to attend one of our public meetings.
The licensee is required by law to notify the business license office of these changes within a 10 day period if during the course of the license year, any information pertaining to the business changes, such as:
License fees are due every year by December 31 to avoid penalty charges. After December 31, there is a 25% penalty; after January 31, a 50% penalty, whichever is greater; and after March 1 a 100% penalty. If payment is not received you may be issued a citation for operation of a business without a license.
Liquor licenses are due on or before December 31 by close of business. Any establishment that has not paid the license fee by this date is not permitted by law to serve liquor.
The business licensing office sends out renewal notices for business licenses for the following year in mid-November. Liquor license payments are due on or before December 31. All license payments are due December 31.
All licenses expire every December 31. There are not partial payments, half year or partial year licenses. If a license is purchased on or after October 1, the license fee is prorated for the calendar year and the full fee for the following year must be paid at the time of application.
New business owners should allow 10 to 14 days for their license to be processed. All Fees are due at the time of application. The business license application will be sent to the Planning Department for zoning and signage compliance, to the Building Department for ordinance compliance and on-site inspection, and to the Police Department for final approval.
If an application is denied or if the licensed business never begins operation, all fees, less a $25 processing fee, will be refunded.
To request documents or other city related documents, a GRAMA request form is required, in order to obtain the public information.
A GRAMA Request form can be found here, GRAMA Request Form
WHAT IS A GRAMA REQUEST?
The Government Records Access and Management Act (GRAMA) provides every person the right to request records from any governmental entity in Utah (Utah Code Section 63G-2-201(1)).
WHAT CAN BE REQUESTED?
Almost all government records are subject to request, however access to some records is restricted. Upon receipt of a request the governmental entity will determine the classification and provide the records and/or a response, which may be a notice of denial. Definitions of record and governmental entity are found in GRAMA (Utah Code Section 63G-2-103(11),(22)).
WHERE SHOULD A GRAMA REQUEST BE SENT?
A person making a request must submit it to the governmental entity that maintains the desired record. So, determine which agency is most likely to have the records in which you are interested. For example, if you are seeking records about water usage, contact the appropriate municipality. If you are interested in records about water rights, contact the Water Rights Division of the Utah Department of Natural Resources. For Heber City Records requests, please submit GRAMA requests to the Heber City Recorder for processing.
HOW TO PREPARE AND SUBMIT A REQUEST.
The request must be in writing and must include the requester’s name, address, telephone number (if available), and a specific description of the records(s) requested (Utah Code Section 63G-2-204(1)).
A request can be filed in one of four ways:
Make sure the request is specific and concise in order to help the agency quickly locate and identify the records you are requesting. No matter how you submit the request, be sure to address it to the records officer.
TO WHOM SHOULD THE REQUEST BE ADDRESSED?
Each governmental entity has a records officer who is responsible for responding to requests. Names and contact information for most records officers are listed in the Open Records Portal. Every agency, whether state or local, is required by GRAMA to appoint a records officer. This is the person to whom you should address your request.
There are several ways to find the records officer’s contact information:
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO RECEIVE A RESPONSE? The law allows records officers up to ten business days to respond, but suggests that they respond as soon as reasonably possible.WHAT ARE SUGGESTIONS FOR EFFECTIVE GRAMA REQUESTS?
Requesters with questions or concerns may contact the records officer or Heber City Recorder at 435-657-7886
If the comments regard an official application with the City please contact the Planning Department at 435-654-4830 and you will be directed to the project Planner.
Yes, all signs within City limits are regulated by the Heber City Sign Ordinance. This Code regulates the size, placement, materials used, etc., for signs on buildings and sites. Please contact the Planning Department regarding these regulations prior to posting any signs.
Heber City does not require a fence permit. However, reach out to the Heber City Planning Department at 435.657.7898 for fence specifications.
Heber City has been divided into a number of areas called zoning districts. Each district is specifically addressed in the Zoning Ordinance and uses (commercial, residential, mixed, etc.) are spelled out along with requirements for construction. Each zone is unique and the Code is written to address the specific details of that area.
No, the Planning Department enforces City regulations. Enforcement of CC and Rs is solely up to the Home Owners Association of each respective subdivision.
The General Plan is a policy document designed to guide the future of Heber City. The document contains the goals, policies, and action plans for Park City's future direction for:
The Zoning Ordinance (PDF), is a document adopted by the City Council as part of the Municipal Code, that is designed to meet a number of goals including:
They are not the same. The Planning Department primarily reviews plans for conformance with the Zoning Ordinance (PDF). The Building Department's main function is to review plans for conformance with the International Building Code.