Date of Award


Document Type

Terminal Project

Degree Name

Master of City and Regional Planning (MCRP)


Planning, Development and Preservation

Committee Member

Dr. Eric Morris (Committee Chair)

Committee Member

Dr. Timothy Green

Committee Member

Dr. Barry Nocks


Airports are large, formidable land uses that can create human deserts when placed within the urban fabric. They cut off roads and lead to lower connectivity for nearby land uses and people alike. Often, land uses around airports are for activities that governments do not wish to be near other developments. This leads to land uses such as warehouses, industrial, and adult entertainment that are not desirable where large numbers of people reside or work on a daily basis. With undesirable and low-density land uses surrounding airports, people are often hard to be seen there, which can potentially lead to higher crime rates. Airports’ environmental impacts and lower population densities also prevent economic redevelopment due to the lack of a case for businesses to site there. To increase the daily-use densities that occur in an airport’s area, it would be beneficial to embrace land use strategies that encourage such densities.