Development & Economic Impact

About Development

Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport (RMMA), a reliever for Denver International Airport, is located just minutes from downtown Denver and Boulder, a region that is experiencing abundant growth. The influx of business development in northwest Denver has spawned two business parks on the airport’s borders:  Interlocken to the north and Westmoor to the south. 

RMMA is home to corporate aviation facilities for Ball Corporation, Level 3 Communications, Boulder Aviation and Leprino Foods. Airport administration is currently considering future development on land northeast and southwest of the property. RMMA staff has compiled step-by-step guidelines and several supporting attachments to help potential developers initiate aviation-related projects.

 Update - Are We There Yet?

The past few years have brought many changes to Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport…

In 2010, the Airport commenced a nearly four-year Runway Safety Area Expansion Project with an Environmental Assessment, as well as project design. The purpose of this project was to expand the Runway 11L Safety Area from 600 feet to 1,000 feet in length, and meet criteria outlined by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to enhance safety for the aircraft currently utilizing the Airport.

This project was constructed in two phases. Phase I involved relocating the SH128 and Interlocken Loop intersection to the north, which previously existed within the required safety area. When that was complete, Phase II began with the construction of the Reinforced Soil Slope (RSS) to support the expanded safety area, and to relocate some FAA Navigational Aids.

Then rehabilitation of Runway 11L / 29R began, a project that involved runway mill and overlay, and the installation of a runway sub-drainage system to prolong the future life of the runway. Soon thereafter, Runway 11L / 29R and Runway 11R / 29L were re-designated to Runway 12L / 30R and Runway 12R / 30L, as the magnetic azimuths had changed. A new Corporate Taxiway was then added near the east ramp, and in 2017, the parallel runway rehabilitation was completed.

If you have any questions regarding Airport Development, please contact the airport at 303-271-4850.

Environs Land Use Plan

When Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport began operations in 1960, there was little to no development in the surrounding area, primarily occupied by farmland. Over time, Jefferson County, the city and county of Broomfield, the cities of Louisville and Westminster and the town of Superior have grown around the airport.

Each jurisdiction acknowledges the airport's importance and has worked to create a plan to identify the existing and future land uses. Aviation and its related industries are vital to the area’s economic growth; therefore, careful planning is essential to RMMA’s future and is necessary to protect citizens from any negative airport impact.

The Environs Land Use Plan (PDF) differs from the Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport Master Plan because the Master Plan forecasts aviation activity and determines the airport’s ability to safely and efficiently meet the needs associated with those forecasts. The Environs plan maps land-use issues affecting airport-owned property and properties surrounding RMMA.

Annual Airport Tenant & Capital improvement impact for the Rocky Mountain Metro Airport

  Initial Multiplier Effect Total
Jobs 835 1,082 1,917
Payroll $72,833,000 $52,978,000 $125,811,000
Output $226,669,000 $155,955,000 $382,623,000

Annual Visitor Economic Impact for the Rocky Mountain Metro Airport

  Initial Multiplier Effect Total
Jobs 541 212 753
Payroll $16,676,000 $11,415,000 $28,091
Output $46,468,000 $31,415,000 $77,883,000

Annual Tax Impacts of the Rocky Mountain Metro Airport

Local and State taxes linked to the operation of the airport total $12.7 Million.

The Rocky Mountain Metro economic contribution to the communities it serves is $460.5 Million in output and 2,670 Jobs with an annual payroll of $153.9 Million.

More Information

If you would like more information about the 2013 Economic Impact of Rocky Mountain Metro Airport please visit the CDOT website.

If you would like more information about the 2013 economic impact of Colorado Airports please visit the CDOT website.