Planning, Environmental and Zoning

Cherry Capital Airport’s Environmental Commitment

The history of Cherry Capital Airport in Traverse City began in 1935. As a key gateway to northern Michigan for travelers from near and far, Cherry Capital Airport has continued its focus on bringing those from other parts of the country to experience the sights and sounds that envelop Traverse City and the surrounding communities. Pristine lakes, dune-lined shores, vineyards, orchards, and picturesque small towns are just a few of the things that make this area special.

Part of Cherry Capital Airport’s commitment to sharing the beauty of our region with others is to also remain cognizant of our environment, the role we play to ensure those within our community remain safe and healthy. Our pride runs deep in being a key conduit in connecting families and friends to their favorite destinations worldwide while providing an avenue for those that may be living elsewhere to return to a place that they still call home.

Doug DeYoung – Northwest Regional Airport Authority Chair


Cherry Capital Airport’s Environmental Commitment: PFAS Link to the PFAS page on

Zoning and Development

The Northwest Regional Airport Authority is responsible for zoning on its property under State Act 95. The airport’s Buildings and Grounds Committee oversees all aeronautical development. The airport’s Zoning Board oversees all non-aeronautical development. The first step in all development processes is to complete the land use permit application linked below. Please contact Airport Administration for further information.

Contact Information

Administration telephone number: 231.947.2250
Administration fax number: 231.947.4329
Administration email:
Airport Engineer Bob Nelesen, PE – Zoning Administrator


Cherry Capital Airport Future Airport Layout Plan Link to the PFAS page on
Airport Land Use Application Link to the PFAS page on


Traverse City, MI harbor and downtown
3 kayaks on West Grand Traverse Bay
fall colors Northern Michigan
Dunes and people at Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore

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