With the passage of Measure B by Burbank voters in November 2016, planning for the 14-gate replacement passenger terminal will now enter a new phase. The timeline in the PowerPoint link below outlines the critical milestones that must be accomplished in order to build the replacement passenger terminal.
Public outreach and participation will play important roles especially in connection with the conceptual design of the replacement passenger terminal. As detailed in the Development Agreement between Burbank and the Airport Authority that was ratified by Measure B, the conceptual design of the replacement terminal will be crafted through a thorough public process that includes at least six public workshops (charrettes) where members of the Burbank community will provide input.
What is an ALP?
ALP stands for “Airport Layout Plan.” It is a drawing used to depict current and future airport facilities. Under federal law, an airport must keep its ALP up-to-date. For proposed projects like the Replacement Terminal, the FAA must approve a revised ALP prior to approving the project.The FAA has approved the airport’s revised ALP, which includes the Replacement Passenger Terminal.
What is NEPA?
NEPA stands for the “National Environmental Policy Act.” NEPA requires federal agencies like the FAA to incorporate environmental considerations in their planning and decision-making. All federal agencies must prepare assessments of the environmental impact of and alternatives to federal actions. These statements are commonly referred to as Environmental Impact Statements (EIS) and Environmental Assessments (EA). NEPA is similar to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). CEQA requires local and state government decision makers to assess the environmental impacts of proposed projects. A major project like the Replacement Passenger Terminal usually requires the preparation and certification of an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) prior to a local or state government agency taking a discretionary action about the project. The FAA must undertake a NEPA review of the Replacement Passenger Terminal before it can approve federal funding for its construction. Like CEQA, NEPA requires federal agencies to include public participation in reviewing and commenting on the scope and findings of a draft EIS.