The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has released a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (Draft EIS) for the proposed construction and operation of the 14-gate replacement passenger terminal building and ancillary improvements. To...
Measure B gives the Airport Authority the right to build Elevate BUR on the Adjacent Property, the 49-acre B-6 site, and changes the Airport Authority Commission’s voting rules to give Burbank Commissioners “supermajority” voting rights, allowing Burbank to control the future of the Airport.
Elevate BUR will have the following basic characteristics:
- Total number of aircraft parking gates shall not exceed the current number of 14.
Size of replacement terminal building shall be no greater than 355,000 square feet.
- Total public parking spaces (excludes employee parking spaces) shall not exceed the current 6,637.
- Upon the opening of the Terminal, the current passenger terminal shall be closed and demolished.
The term sheet was approved by the Airport Authority on November 2, 2015, and by the Burbank City Council on November 16, 2015.
It formed the basis for a Development Agreement between the City of Burbank and the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority for the Replacement Terminal Project. The Development Agreement was approved by the Airport Authority on July 11, 2016, and by the Burbank City Council on August 1, 2016, and then ratified by the voters of Burbank on November 8, 2016.
What is “Supermajority Voting?”
The Airport Authority is composed of three cities (Burbank, Glendale and Pasadena) that appoint nine commissioners, three each from each city. With supermajority voting, two of the three Burbank Commissioners on the Airport Authority will be able to block Airport expansion and more, even if outnumbered by the Glendale and Pasadena Commissioners. Burbank now has the ability to stop attempts to: increase the number of terminal gates, change the voluntary nighttime curfew or other noise rules, change support for federal authorization to implement a mandatory nighttime curfew, allow parking of passenger aircraft other than at the gates, or expand the current terminal or any new terminal.
With supermajority voting, the Commission can NEVER do the following without the approval of Burbank:
- Increase the number of airline gates
- Acquire land
- End the voluntary nighttime curfew on scheduled airline operations
- Change the existing noise rules or how they are enforced
- Expand the existing terminal or any new terminal
- Abandon the Authority’s support for Congressional approval to implement a mandatory nighttime curfew on all aircraft
- And approve management contracts or leases in excess of 35 years
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