City considers law to govern terminal changes

August 03, 2002

Laura Sturza

Worried that the city will be left without protection against

expansion at the Burbank- Glendale-Pasadena Airport if Measure A is

deemed illegal, the city is developing a special ordinance to limit


It would act as a stop-gap protection if Measure A -- a

voter-approved initiative that limits flight times and expansion --


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

California law.

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.

13 meeting.

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