Glendale Burbank Interceptor Sewer Information

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The Glendale Burbank Interceptor Sewer (GBIS) project is the northwestern extension of the North East Interceptor Sewer (NEIS) PH 2 project. The proposed sewer is approximately 6 miles of 8' diameter pipe and associated structures based on alignment corridor as recommended on the Integrated Resource Planning - Environmental Impact Report (IRP-EIR). The sewer is designed to be constructed from a shaft site in the vicinity of the Los Angeles Zoo and terminate in the North Hollywood area in the vicinity of Vineland Avenue and Acama Street. For the latest project information and additional Los Angeles related websites click here.


On November 30, 2005, the City of Los Angeles released a Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) to inform the public and decision makers (Los Angeles City Council) of the environmental effects of the Integrated Resources Plan (IRP). The IRP is an integrated wastewater facilities plan that describes the existing wastewater, recycled water, and runoff systems in the City of Los Angeles, identifies system inadequacies based on the needs projected for the year 2020, and provides recommended alternatives to address the future needs of the systems. The IRP would improve and upgrade the City’s wastewater and recycled water systems, and runoff management programs through the year 2020. 

One of the projects discussed in the Draft EIR is a sewer tunnel project that is proposed to extend from the Los Angeles Zoo to Toluca Lake. The construction of this sewer tunnel project, known as the Glendale-Burbank Interceptor Sewer (GBIS), could have the most construction-related impacts to Burbank of any project identified in the IRP. GBIS is a part of each alternative presented in the IRP.

On November 14, 2006, the Los Angeles City Council certified the Final Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the Los Angeles Integrated Resources Plan (IRP). The Final EIR recommends an alignment of the Glendale Burbank Interceptor Sewer (GBIS) which runs under Forest Lawn Drive, north under Pass Avenue, and west under Riverside Drive . It does not include any tunnel shaft sites in the City of Burbank or directly adjacent to the City property (i.e. Pollywog). The Final EIR also incorporates voluntary measures into the design of the recommended GBIS alignment including the elimination of maintenance holes within the City of Burbank and vibration and noise controls.

Below are a number of documents that are available online.

The City of Burbank has sent a number of comment letters to the City of Los Angeles regarding this project. Those letters can be viewed by clicking on the links below:

Comment Letters Sent Date Sent
Initial City of Burbank Comment Letter


Comment Letter - Request for Additional Time


Comment Letter - Hybrid Route


Comment Letter - Los Angeles River Route


Comment Letter - Resident Correspondence


Comment Letter - Real Estate Concerns


Comment Letter - Alternate Alignment Enclosure (Attachment)


Comment Letter




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