Airport Authority Endorses Replacement Terminal Conceptual Term Sheet

By On November 3, 2015

The Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority Commission voted 8-0, with one member absent, to endorse the Replacement Terminal Conceptual Term Sheet and begin the process of an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) on the Replacement Terminal parcel of the B-6 Trust Property.

The Commission’s endorsement of the Conceptual Term Sheet precedes the Burbank City Council’s November 16 discussion and potential endorsement of the same item.

“This Term Sheet for a proposed agreement is a first step towards a new 14-gate Replacement Terminal and lasting protections for the City of Burbank from any future expansion of the terminal’s capacity,” said Airport Authority President Frank Quintero. “We encourage the Burbank community to learn about the Term Sheet, become informed about it and take part in public discussion.”

In exchange for providing the Authority with a vested right to build a 14-gate Replacement Terminal, the City of Burbank and its residents will receive lasting protections guaranteed by a Joint Powers Agreement amendment executed by the Cities of Burbank, Glendale and Pasadena.

That amendment will require a supermajority vote of the Commission to approve any future actions to increase the number of aircraft gates or remote parking positions; expand the existing terminal or the Replacement Terminal; relocate passenger-related Airport functions from the Replacement Terminal; amend the Authority’s noise rules or how they are enforced; amend the Authority’s voluntary curfew on nighttime scheduled airline operations; abandon support for a mandatory nighttime curfew on all aircraft operations; acquire real property other than avigation easements; or approve an Airport management contract or lease with a maximum term in excess of 35 years.

The protections for the City and the Authority will be effective no matter where or when the Replacement Terminal is built.

The EIR is the next step in the Replacement Terminal process and the goal is to achieve certification of the report next summer so that the Measure B vote can be called for on November 8, 2016, the same date as the general election for Burbank voters.

The Authority entered into a professional services agreement with RS&H California, a leading aviation and environmental consultant company based in San Francisco, for the lump sum of $1,083,050 and a contingency of $116,950, with the aggregate total not to exceed $1,200,000. RS&H will study three “build” alternatives and two “no-build” alternatives for the Replacement Terminal.

The Commission’s endorsement of the Term Sheet is the first of many steps that the Authority and the City will need to take before any binding agreement or entitlements can be approved. The endorsement of this Term Sheet does not bind either the City or the Authority to approve any project in advance of public hearings and environmental review.