The original plat (on file at San Juan County) is for only six one-acre lots. The most recent proposed plan we’ve seen is for more than 50 lots for housing/accommodations, plus more than 50 hangars) some located on individual lots and more than 30 clustered in a hangar area surrounding the airstrip). This is a vast difference. Unlike Canyonlands Field, the Sky Ranch airport will not benefit Moab and Spanish Valley residents, but rather will cater to “fly-in” pilots from around the country that want to land their planes adjacent to their homes and/or lodging accommodations.
Is this really necessary? No. Is this an awesome money-making venture for the developer? Most likely. But does it justify putting an airport in a quickly growing residential area when Canyonlands Field is a short 30-minute drive from the proposed Sky Ranch development?
We can only hope reasonable minds will prevail and that the developer will be guided by his conscience and not solely by the bottom line, and that he’ll respect his neighbors and fellow Moabites rather than develop an airport in the valley that will impact most of us and benefit few, if any of us.