Recently, a Joint Task Force was created to provide a forum for airport noise concerns within the LA Basin and to discuss potential solutions. The Mayor and Vice-Mayor serve as Burbank’s liaisons on the taskforce.
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Replacement Airport Terminal
In 2016, Burbank residents approved, with 70% of the vote, Measure B to allow a new 14-gate, 355,000-square-foot replacement terminal to be built with up to 6,637 parking spaces.
The new replacement terminal is needed to meet current Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) safety standards regarding runway distance to buildings. An updated facility will provide an enhanced passenger experience, incorporate seismic safety and ADA features.
The investment required to pay for the new terminal will be paid for by the FAA, the airlines and airport users.
Replacement Terminal Development Timeline
- November 2016- Burbank residents approved Measure B.
- November 2017- A revised Airport Layout Plan (ALP) reflecting the proposed Replacement Passenger Terminal was conditionally approved by the FAA.
- May 2018- The Environmental Impact Study (EIS) by the FAA began and should take approximately 24 months to complete.
- January 2019- FAA held EIS Scoping Meetings to provide information and solicit preliminary comments that assist in the development of the EIS.
- March 2019- Replacement Terminal Design Process - Public Charrette Process begins and will include six public meetings. The charrettes are where the public will be able to provide input regarding the vision for the new terminal.
- 3rd quarter of 2020- Design begins
- 1st quarter of 2021- Construction begins
- 1st quarter of 2024- Replacement Terminal opens. Demolition of existing terminal completed within 12 months of replacement terminal operations.
The Airport Authority makes policy decisions for the Airport and is composed of three cities (Burbank, Glendale and Pasadena). The Airport Authority is governed by a Commission made up of three representatives appointed by each of these City Councils.
There are supermajority voting requirements on certain matters considered by the Airport Authority. Supermajority means that Burbank may block certain proposals presented to the board if two of the three Burbank Airport Authority Representatives vote no. These include proposals related to:
- Increasing the number of airline gates to more than fourteen
- Acquiring land for airport use or expansion?
- Ending the voluntary nighttime curfew on commercial passenger airlines
- Changing the existing noise rules or how they are enforced
- Expanding the existing terminal or any new terminal other than the Replacement Terminal
- Abandoning the Authority's support for Congressional approval to implement a mandatory nighttime curfew on all aircraft
Currently, there is a voluntary curfew in effect with the commercial passenger airlines where the commercial airlines have voluntarily agreed to not schedule operations (arrivals or departures) between the hours of 10:00 PM to 7:00 AM This excludes law enforcement, medical aircraft or aircraft diverted due to emergencies along with general aviation (private planes/jets), military and air cargo carriers.
The Airport Noise and Capacity Act (1990) prohibits all airport operators from imposing new noise rules that restrict access by aircraft. Under the Act, airport operators must seek permission from the FAA to impose new aircraft access restrictions by conducting a "Part 161 Study." Beginning in 2000 and continuing until February 2009, at a cost of more than $7 million dollars, the Airport Authority conducted a Part 161 Study seeking a mandatory curfew between 10:00 PM to 7:00 AM that would be applicable to all categories of aviation. The FAA accepted and reviewed the Study; however, ultimately denied the request. As part of the Replacement Terminal Project deal, the Airport Authority agrees to support Congressional approval to implement a mandatory nighttime curfew on all aircraft.
Noise and Departure Changes
Since 1978, noise impacts have been reduced, mostly due to the noise reduction of newer aircraft, along with an investment of more than $100M in Federal and Airport Authority grants for residential acoustical treatment for schools and homes in specific qualified areas.
The FAA has exclusive jurisdiction over airplane departure procedures and as part of the NextGen Program is currently proposing a new departure procedure out of Hollywood Burbank Airport. To explain this proposal the FAA held a public workshop in Burbank in early November to receive public input. The Airport Authority, in response to this proposal and the public's concern, sent the FAA a letter invoking the 2018 FAA Reauthorization Act. The Airport Authority requested the FAA to consider "the feasibility of dispersal headings or other lateral track variations to address community noise concerns" before implementing the proposed departures procedures.
Also in response to community concerns, the Airport Authority in March 2018, retained an independent consulting firm to conduct an analysis of impacts leading to the increased level of concerns. The Consultant presented their own preliminary findings regarding flight pattern and noise impact data to the Airport Authority's Operations and Development Committee in May 2018 and the final report was presented in October 2018.
Glossary of Terms
AIP – Airport Improvement Program: The Federal program that administers entitlement and discretionary funds in the form of grants from the Airport and Airway Trust Fund.
ALUC Department - Airport Land Use Commission: This Commission is a part of the Los Angeles Department of Regional Planning and as such, there are 15 airports under their jurisdiction. The Regional Planning Commissioners serve as the ALUC in Los Angeles County.
ALP- Airport Layout Plan: It is a drawing used to depict current and future airport ALP-facilities.
ANCA - Airport Noise and Capacity Act: Passed by Congress in 1990, this legislation required that, airlines during a ten (10) year period with milestones throughout the decade, commercial airlines retire their fleet of noisier “Stage II” aircraft, replacing them with comparatively quieter “Stage III” equipment. In exchange, the Federal Government greatly restricted the ability for local municipalities to enact noise reduction measures including curfews.
ANCA does provide an avenue for noise restrictions to be considered. Very specific review and approval procedures are to be followed and completed before a proposed restriction are implemented that impact different type of aircraft based of the level of noise emission may be submitted for consideration. These requirements are contained in: 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 161, “Notice and Approval of Airport Noise and Access Restrictions”.
BUR- Hollywood Burbank Airport- This is the three letter designation for the Hollywood Burbank Airport. The legal name of the airport remains “Bob Hope Airport”.
CEQA- California Environmental Quality Act: The State process of assessing the environmental impact of the project. Similar to NEPA.
EIR- Environmental Impact Report: Is the final CEQA report that forecasts the impacts of the project and possible mitigation measures.
EIS- Environmental Impact Statements: Is the final NEPA report that forecasts the impacts of the project and possible mitigation measures.
FAA- Federal Aviation Administration: The National authority with powers to regulate all aspects of civil aviation.
NEPA- National Environmental Policy Act: The National/Federal process of assessing the environmental impact of the project. Similar to CEQA.
PUC- Public Utilities Commission: The PUC regulates services and utilities, protects consumers, safeguards the environment, and assures Californians' access to safe and reliable utility infrastructure and services. The essential services regulated include electric, natural gas, telecommunications, water, railroad, rail transit, and passenger transportation companies.
The Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority is a separate government agency created under a joint powers agreement between the three cities of Burbank, Glendale, and Pasadena in 1977 for the sole purpose of owning and operating the Burbank Bob Hope Airport. The mission of the Airport Authority is to provide state-of-the-art regional airport facilities and related services which are efficient, safe, convenient, and user-friendly, while being a good neighbor.
Burbank Representative Airport Commissioners
Don Brown Nov 06, 2001 to May 31, 2019
Bill Wiggins May 22, 2001 to May 31, 2021
Ray Adams Jan 27, 2015 to May 31, 2021
FAA noise complaints: https://webtrak.emsbk.com/bur1 or 1-800-441-0409 (24-hour)
Webtrak noise inquiry form instructions: Kyle Porter daytime 818-840-8840 x3512 firstname.lastname@example.org
FAA environmental documents: Dee Phan, (602) 792-1066 dee.X.email@example.com
Hollywood Burbank Airport Planning: Patrick Lammerding (818) 729-2250 firstname.lastname@example.org
Home Sound Insulation Program: Maggie Martinez 818-842-1732 email@example.com
Part 150 Study: Maggie Martinez 818-840-8840 x 2226 firstname.lastname@example.org
Airport Commissioners: email@example.com
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