Vista Field Redevelopment Planning Underway.  Share your vision, ideas, input at:
    Read Public Comments as of December 8, 2014           
Read Southridge High School DECA Students' essays: "My Town, Its Future."


Vista Field fuel tanks removed

Vista Field Public Planning Process Presentation Files

You may still share your input via email at:

 DPZ Presentation November 6, 2014

      VIDEO of Urban Planning Presentation 11.6.14    

DPZ Presentation November 10, 2014  

   DPZ Presentation November 12, 2014

   DPZ Presentation November 13, 2014

   DPZ Presentation November 15, 2014

VIDEO of Final Charrette 11.15.2014

View information on the Charette Process

View Information on the Pattern Language Process  

  Read the Vista Field FAQ document   








View the DPZ Draft "The Future of Vista Field Development Strategy Assessment"
and the DPZ PowerPoint Presentation to Commisisioners August 12, 2014.

Vista Vision Task Force Meeting Information 
Occurs the third Monday of each month.  
The next meeting will be November 17, 2014 from 3:00p - 5:00p
Tri-Cities Business & Visitor Center @
7130 W. Grandridge Boulevard, Kennewick, WA

August 18, 2014  Agenda & Meeting Documents   Presentation  Minutes
September 15, 2014                 Agenda & Meeting Documents   Minutes
October 20, 2014  Agenda & Minutes Documents    
November 17, 2014  Agenda & Minutes Documents    
December 15, 2014           (cancelled due to the Holidays)    
January 19, 2015 (likely to be rescheduled due to Martin Luther King Jr. Day)    
February 16, 2015             (likely to be rescheduled due to Presidents Day)                               
March 16, 2015      
April 20, 2015      
May 18, 2015      


A citizens committee selected Duany Plater-Zyberk & Company, and the Port of Kenneick hired them to design a master plan for the 113-acre site situated at the heart of the region's commercial center.  Over the next eighteen months, DPZ will gather community input and craft strategic recommendations for roads, utilities, design standards, code amendments, key building locations and public spaces, a phasing plan and financing strategy.  DPZ will work with retail and development experts to bring realistic and appropriate expectations to the visioning and planning process.

In August, Port staff held a FAM (familiarization) tour for members of the consulting team.  The FAM was used to help inform DPZ's leadership team about our region, history, economic drivers, and existing amenities; to view the community during the active 

summer season; and to help them better understand varied perpectives as they prepare to lead the community visioning process for redeveloping the former Vista Field airport land.  "I was amazed by and impressed with the rich diversity of the Tri-Cities -- its natural beauty, its importance and contributions in the field of energy, opportunities created by the ever-growing wine industry on Red Mountain, and last but not least, the City of Kennewick's own downtown initiatives," said Senen Antonio, a DPZ partner.  "Adding that to the realization that Vista Field is the geographic center of this region, this proposed redevelopment will bring focus to the Tri-Cities with an array of far-reaching benefits."

Community branding research has identified the perception of a cultural deficit and a lack of a true regional "downtown" with locally authentic cafes or centrally-located pedestrian-friendly gathering places.  "Those are the very same elements that citizens and business leaders identified and earnestly championed for in closing Vista Field," said Tim Arntzen, port executive director.  "The former Vista Field airport site is a truly unique asset, and we've only got one chance to get it right.  And that means  involving all stakeholders in the planning."  Added Commission President Don Barnes, "We will be listening carefully to the needs and desires of the community so that we create at Vista Field an environment and sense of place that will last for generations."

The port closed the small, general aviation airfield when it became clear redevelopment was the only alternative that wouldn't require a property tax increase. Redevelopment eliminates taxpayer-funded airport operating subsidies and, long-term, will benefit the entire community rather than limited users.  Early economic projections by the consultant team DPZ and ECONorthwest indicated redevelopment could mean as many as 3,380 jobs, $460 million in private sector investment, $51 million in new infrastructure and $408 million in new (taxable) buildings--meaning new revenues for police, fire, hospital, libraries, schools, parks and other services.  

A variety of transition activities have been undertaken, including the City of Kennewick's Planning Commission approving a re-zone of the Vista Field land from essential public facility to commercial, regional.   View stories here:  Tri-City Herald. June 4. 2014.      Tri-City Herald Editorial April 7, 2014.     Charter Local Edition 2014: Vista Field Redevelopment.

Since closing the former Vista Field airport on December 31, 2013 a variety of activities have already taken place (see list below).




Closure Progress:

  • WSDOT & PCLI interests resolved
  • Fuel tanks emptied
  • NOTAM issued
  • Closure signs posted
  • FBOs notified of closure
  • Landing marks removed
  • Runway signs removed
  • Yellow X’s painted
  • Beacon removed
  • Airport signage removed
  • Asbestos evaluation process for buildings completed
  • Fuel tanks removed
  • Evaluating salvage and scrap options for materials
  • Purchased private hangar as per contract
  • Inventory & archiving of historic assets and artifacts
  • Zoning changed from Public Facility to Commercial, regional

Port staff are working to implement the commissioners’ redevelopment directive as a catalyst for bringing positive economic development to our district.



Vista Field Airport / 2013 photo by PS Media, Inc.

Vista Field airport HAS CLOSED to all aviation activity.  The 113-acre redevelopment site is being master planned by the Port of Kennewick in partnership with the regional community.  
Within the city limits of Kennewick, Washington between Grandridge Boulevard and West Deschutes Avenue.

City of Kennewick - Commercial Regional



Vista Directions

To former FBO Building and main gate (Note: property is CLOSED for redevelopment):
Head east on SR240.
Take the Edison Street exit.
Turn right off the exit onto Edison Street.
Go straight until you reach Canal Drive.
Take a right.
Continue forward until you reach W Grandridge Blvd.
Turn left.
Go straight and the property will be on the left side of the road.