‘Measure B’ Terminal Vote Finalized for November 8

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

On Monday, August 1, the Burbank City Council adopted an ordinance approving a development agreement and other matters related to the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority’s replacement terminal project. The City of Burbank has now taken all of the discretionary actions required for the project.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)
(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Additionally, the Council called a November 8, 2016, special municipal election to put ratification of the replacement terminal project deal before Burbank voters. The deal will allow the Airport Authority to build a 14-gate, 355,000-square-foot replacement passenger terminal in exchange for Burbank control over critical decisions about the future of the Hollywood Burbank Airport.

The Council also voted to mail a supplemental information booklet to every registered voter in Burbank, which would provide specific information regarding the replacement terminal ballot measure, including an impartial analysis by the City Attorney, arguments for and against the measure, and directions on where to find additional replacement terminal information.

The Council’s actions followed an August 1 action by the Airport Authority Commission approving a full cost reimbursement to Burbank for election costs charged by the County of Los Angeles and by the City’s election vendor, Martin and Chapman Co.

l cost for the County to conduct the November 8 election, and for Martin and Chapman to produce and mail the supplemental information booklet, is estimated at approximately $200,000.

The replacement terminal would take the place of the existing 14-gate passenger terminal, portions of which were built in 1930. The central part of the building is 86 years old, does not meet current seismic design standards, and does not provide adequate space for passengers or basic amenities. The terminal is also 250 feet from the runways. Current Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) standards call for 750-foot separation.

Per the terms of Measure B, Burbank voters must approve any discretionary agreement between the City and the Airport Authority for a replacement terminal. If Burbank voters approve the ballot measure, the Airport Authority will then receive the right to build a replacement terminal and Burbank will receive permanent new protections. The replacement terminal will be paid for primarily by Airport users and the airlines, as well as by grants from the FAA. City of Burbank funds will not be used for its construction.

Additional information about the replacement terminal project is available on the Airport Authority’s Replacement Terminal website and the City of Burbank’s website.