In 1975 the Urban Transportation Planning Board of the Council of Governments recommended that local governments proceed with the application process for federal assistance in the construction of a new airport.
The next step was a year-long environmental impact assessment, which was completed in December 1976. Public hearings were held in early 1977. An initial FAA grant provided funding for land acquisition and was accepted by the City in the fall of 1978. A second grant for land acquisition followed in 1979.
The Bond Ranch property was acquired on April 2, 1981. The City Council applied to the FAA for the first of several construction grants. Final planning and design commenced and ground was broken for the airport on December 10, 1982.