is thrown out at a hearing scheduled for Aug. 23, said Peter Kirsch,
the city's special counsel on airport issues.
"The ordinance will only come into effect once a decision has been
reached on Measure A," Kirsch said.
Council members decided in closed session at Tuesday's meeting to
develop the law, which would only prohibit new construction.
It would not include the penalties for noise and passenger caps in
Measure A because those limits can only be set by the Federal
Aviation Administration, Kirsch said.
The Airport Authority has proposed a 40,000-square- foot addition
to its terminal, which it says is necessary to meet federal security
requirements by the end of the year, though federal legislators are
considering extending the deadline.
The ordinance would be temporary, in place for up to two years by
It would be needed until the city drafts new land use controls for
the airport, Kirsch said.
Any new law would take Measure A into account, as well as cap and
curfew conditions that are governed by the FAA, Kirsch said. The new
ordinance would also consider data gathered from the city's airport
outreach efforts and from the special committee it formed to study
airport issues -- such as guarantees regarding noise impacts before a
new terminal can be built.
The ordinance is being considered because an existing city law,
Measure B, applies "principally to a new terminal project," and might
not provide protection for projects within the existing terminal,
Kirsch said. Vice Mayor Stacey Murphy agreed.
"We've never addressed the issue of the airport expanding on their
current location," Murphy said.
Council members will review the proposed ordinance at their Aug.