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Hollywood Burbank Airport Announces Details for Third Charrette Workshop For Replacement Passenger Terminal

Hollywood Burbank Airport invites the community to once again participate in an interactive and iterative dialogue, known as a charrette process, with representatives from the Airport. This workshop is the third of six public charrette workshops that the Airport is holding in Burbank.

It will take place at the McCambridge Recreation Center on Saturday, June 15 from 9 am until 12 noon

Nearly 300 community members have participated in-person and several more have shared their feedback through our online charrette workshop. Their continued feedback is extremely important to the Airport.

The third charrette workshop will focus on the design of public spaces including lighting, landscaping and signage. The workshop will begin with a presentation followed by a series of interactive workshops to collect community ideas for the design of the replacement passenger terminal.

Participants are encouraged to stay for the duration of the charrette workshop. Attendees can RSVP at charrettesworkshops@gmail.com. While all members of thecommunity are encouraged to participate in each charrette workshop, we have created an online version of the design charrette workshop so community members can participate should they not be able to attend in person.

American Sign Language interpretation and translation services for Spanish and Armenian speakers will be available at each charrette.

Burbank, Airport Officials Travel to Washington for FAA Meet

Representatives from the City of Burbank, City of Glendale, and the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority met today in the office of Congressman Adam Schiff (D- CA) in Washington, D.C. to brief senior officials of the Federal Aviation Administration on the conceptual term sheet that the City Council and Airport Commission endorsed last month. The term sheet calls for the construction of a 14-gate replacement terminal at the Bob Hope Airport in exchange for changes in how the Commission takes action in seven important categories.

The Authority is preparing an Environmental Impact Report on the proposed 14-gate replacement terminal which is expected to be released for public comment next spring. All formal agreements and entitlements for the 14-gate replacement terminal must be approved by the voters in Burbank before becoming effective.

Officials from all three cities and the Authority, including Burbank Mayor Bob Frutos and Vice Mayor Jess Talamantes, asked the FAA for a mandatory curfew, something that the City has been seeking for 46 years. Burbank officials specifically asked the FAA if the agency would consider approving a curfew, even though the Airport Authority’s formal application for a curfew was rejected by the FAA in 2009.

“It was an extremely positive meeting and an opportunity for the cities and Airport Authority to explain the importance of FAA support,” said Mayor Bob Frutos. “While FAA officials said that they cannot prejudge any deal, Associate Administrator Eduardo Angeles said that the FAA saw no red flags in the conceptual outline.”

Vice Mayor Jess Talamantes noted that it was the first time that the Authority, the City of Burbank, Congressman Schiff and the FAA have met to work together on airport issues saying, “We appreciate not only the efforts of Congressman Schiff, who arranged this FAA meeting, but also the support of the Airport Authority and the cities of Glendale and Pasadena in this historic meeting.”

Council to Take Up Airport Terminal Agreement Tonight

The relocation of the 14-gate terminal at Burbank Bob Hope Airport will be addressed by the City Council at its meeting tonight and Mayor Bob Frutos hopes residents will educate themselves on the subject so they can make an informed decision should it be placed on a future ballot.

Burbank voters could be asked to decide on the issue as early as next November, Frutos said.

“Once and for all, either we have a majority on the council to endorse it and move forward so they can begin the environmental impact process so they can start doing the scoping meetings or it doesn’t go anywhere now.”

Back in July, Frutos gave his commitment to the public and the Airport Authority that within 30 to 45 days he would address the authority’s proposal.

A Bob Hope Airport terminal design

A Bob Hope Airport terminal design

The Council met in closed sessions, looking at the authority’s points and then the Council gave Frutos a parameter to revisit the latest proposal and he and Council member Jess Talamantes met with the authority so they could ask members questions. The Council met again in a closed session and the majority was willing to address the latest proposal.

“This is not a guarantee that we are still building a new terminal or 100 percent accepting the latest proposal,” Frutos said. “This is a proposal to give us a snapshot of what the footprint will be and what certain conditions that we have come to agreement mutually between the two government bodies in deciding should we move this forward to begin the environmental impact process to see exactly what locations they can build this terminal and also talk about the no-build option. This way everybody in Burbank can follow along, can get engaged, be involved and make that educated decision vote hopefully sometime in the very near future.”

Frutos just wants to present the facts to Burbank residents and allow them to make their own independent decision.

The City Council is meeting on Monday so there will be a full Council to vote on the airport issue, Frutos added.

On Tuesday, Mayor Frutos and Council member David Gordon will leave for Incheon, Korea, Burbank’s Sister City, where they will participate in an unveiling ceremony of a sculpture that is a gift from the city of Burbank.

“Council member Gordon and I are looking forward to traveling to our Sister City Incheon, Korea in the spirit of cultural exchange, friendship and relationship building on behalf of the people of Burbank as we unveil the art sculpture for the good people of Inchon,” Frutos said.

The Council has temporarily moved some of its meetings to Monday nights over the past few weeks because of the Veterans Day holiday and because official business has taken Council members out of town. After Frutos was hospitalized for vertigo, and Gordon attended the National League of Cities Conference in Nashville, Tenn.

“We’ve been moving the City Council meetings so we facilitate the city’s business with a full contingency of council members and it’s unusual but we wanted to make sure to meet as frequently as possible,” Frutos said.

The Bob Hope Airport Replacement Terminal Conceptual Term Sheet:

Airport Authority Endorses Replacement Terminal Conceptual Term Sheet

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.

Airport Authority, City Council Come to Agreement on New Terminal

Burbank residents might have the opportunity to vote on a replacement terminal for Bob Hope Airport in the November 2016 election.

The City Council at Tuesday night’s meeting will likely endorse a document, officially called the Airport Conceptual Term Sheet, that is essentially the groundwork for a formal agreement for a replacement terminal with the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority, which oversees the airport. The city made the document public last week, and airport authority officials are scheduled to vote on the document on Nov. 2.

A Bob Hope Airport terminal design

A Bob Hope Airport terminal design

“It really all simply boils down to this: this term sheet outlines the basic tenets to which Burbank and the airport authority would enter into an agreement,” Dan Feger, the airport authority’s executive director, said in an interview Monday. “I think it is safe to say, the airport authority is solidly behind this conceptual term sheet.”

Unless the city council changes it tomorrow night, Feger said he had every reason to believe there would be a “unanimous endorsement on Nov. 2.

“It is up to the city council — if they are ready to move forward on this monumental milestone, the commission is ready to go there, too.”

BobHopeAirportBuilt in 1930, the existing terminal no longer meets current seismic standards and some parts of the building are too close to runways and do not meet current FAA requirements, the airport authority says.

Burbank Mayor Bob Frutos declined to comment on the conceptual term sheet on Monday, saying he wanted to respect the process and would discuss it after the council meeting Tuesday.

The city’s conceptual term sheet is “a simple outline of elements that, if endorsed by Council and the Authority, will be the cornerstone for the many legal documents needed for approval of a 14-gate replacement terminal,” the document states.

Measure B requires a public vote to validate any agreements for an expanded or relocated airport terminal project, and the replacement terminal will be built north of the existing terminal, on roughly 49 acres.

An environmental review is also part of the process for a replacement terminal, and Feger said airport officials are prepared to begin that process on Nov. 2. The findings of an environmental review, or Environmental Impact Report (EIR), are made public, and residents have a certain amount of time to review the report and comment on it.

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Old terminal is considered to close to existing runway by FAA standards (Photo By Ross A, Benson)

“It is doable,” Feger said. “Is it a lot of time? No. Are we pushing? Yes.”

Feger said the EIR process should be fairly straightforward.

In 2013, an EIR was begun for a replacement terminal and for the 59-acre Opportunity Site, but was very complicated, he said. Now that the airport has put that parcel up for sale it does not need to be a part of the EIR for the replacement terminal, and a new EIR process will be much simpler.

There are permanent protections for the city of Burbank through a change in governance, with what is called supermajority voting, for those measures identified in the term sheet that could affect the quality of life in Burbank, Feger said.

Indeed, the city’s term sheet states “certain actions may only be taken if there is an affirmative vote by at least two Commissioners from each City (i.e. super majority voting).”

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Dan Feger, the airport authority’s executive director (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The document lists examples of situations that would require a consensus of the three cities’ appointees before action may be taken, including an increase in the number of commercial airline passenger gates above 14, and a change to the voluntary curfew or a change in enforcement.

Burbank is also asking that airport commissioners, along with city officials and councilmembers from the other cities, meet with the Federal Aviation Administration and Congressman Adam Schiff about a mandatory curfew and the proposal for the replacement terminal.

The term sheet is very similar to what was presented to the city council at a public, joint meeting with airport commissioners in July, but is more streamlined, Feger said, adding that the city condensed it into an easier-to-read document.

At the July meeting, Burbank Council Member Emily Gabel-Luddy said the airport’s location was unique in California, maybe even the country, as it pertains to rail and transit connections. She called the project an “opportunity, not a detriment to the community or traveling public.”

Model showing the new Metrolink station in relationship to the airport (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Model showing the new Metrolink station in relationship to the airport (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Another rail connection could open by summer 2016, Feger said, as Metrolink is scheduled to start construction next year on a second station at the airport. The station will be a part of the Antelope Valley Line, and officials broke ground on the station in 2013.

An existing Metrolink station on the Ventura County Line stands on the south side of the airport at Empire Avenue.

As for the replacement terminal, Feger said: “It’s about time.”

He was hired as an airport engineer in 1998, and at the time, officials were discussing a split-terminal concept linked by a people mover. Lockheed was still making planes there, he said.

“This is monumental in the history of the airport,” Feger said. “I hope all parties, including voters, recognize it is the right step forward at this time.”