Master Plan 2018

The Master Plan identifies a number of recommendations, together with a recommended Land Use Plan that support and enhance the operational and business objectives of the airport.

Land Use

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In June 1983 a Tripartite Agreement was signed between the Federal Government, City of Toronto and PortsToronto. The Agreement requires PortsToronto to operate Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport, as a permanent public airport, for a period of 50 years (until June 2033).

Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport sits on 210 acres of land on Toronto Island. PortsToronto owns 78.5% of the land with 165 acres; the City of Toronto owns 20% of the land with 42 acres; and the Federal Government owns 1.5% of the land with 3 acres. PortsToronto also owns the water lots which surround what is now Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport.

The Master Plan identifies a number of recommendations, together with a recommended Land Use Plan that support and enhance the operational and business objectives of the airport, while complying with the Tripartite Agreement.

As required under the Agreement, a number of special conditions must be adhered to, which have a significant bearing on the future development of the airport and the nature and extent of aviation activity. These conditions include the following:

  • The construction of additional runways or extensions to existing runways is not permitted.
  • Expansion of lands comprising the airport beyond the present land area is not permitted.
  • Jet-powered aircraft are not permitted to operate from the airport, with the exception of medical evacuations (medevac) and other emergency uses.
  • To regulate the potential noise impacts of aviation activity, the actual 28 NEF Contour associated with aviation activity must remain within the boundary of the official 25 NEF Contour for 1990.
Definition
Land Use - Land use is the definition of lands by their function or use. As part of the Airport Master Plan for Billy Bishop Airport a Land Use Plan will be prepared that will describe the current and proposed function or purpose of various tracts of land on the airport.