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. RMMA is offering up approximately 600 acres of airport land for development as part of the Verve Innovation Park. 170 acres of land adjacent to the airfield are reserved for aeronautical ground-leases, while the remainder is for-sale property for mixed-use, office and industrial uses.

Please visit the Jefferson County EDC webpage on the Verve Innovation Park for more information.

The airport also has some shorter-term aeronautical parcels available for lease on the northeast side of Simms St., adjacent to 30L and the recently completed Pilatus Completion Center. RMMA staff has compiled step-by-step guidelines and several supporting attachments to help potential developers initiate aviation-related projects.

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.