November 8, 2002 — The Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority today adopted a policy statement that could lead to an end of efforts to build a relocated passenger terminal.
The statement cites the lack of political and community support for the project as a key factor, as evidenced by the passage of Measure A — the so-called ROAR Initiative — by 58% of the city’s voters in 2001.
The measure, which would have required numerous restrictions on airport operations as a precondition to allowing the Burbank City Council to approve a new terminal, was overturned in Superior Court in August. But the policy notes: “Despite legal defects, the Authority believes Measure A reflects community sentiment.”
The statement also sets out that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) needs to provide a “compelling safety pronouncement” about the need for the project and commit to address local community concerns if the project is to be viable.
Authority President Chris Holden recently wrote FAA Administrator Marion Blakey, asking for a more definitive statement prior to the end of the year of the importance the FAA places on the safety parameters of the project.
The current terminal is located over 400 feet closer to the runways than permitted by modern design standards, and relocating to a safer distance was the driving principle behind the proposed project, which has been under discussion over 20 years.
“The FAA’s position on this impasse would significantly affect
the Authority’s determination of the appropriate course of action,” Holden wrote.
The policy statement’s final point is that the Authority will now consider options to realize value from the former Lockheed B-6 property which had been the proposed site of a replacement terminal.
The Authority paid $86 million for the property in 1999, but the portion intended for the terminal site is held in trust and is unavailable to the Authority unless the City of Burbank grants permission to use it.