The City's aviation policy consists of three components:
A. The preservation of the John Wayne Airport Settlement Agreement;
B. The possible modification of the Settlement Agreement under terms acceptable to the City and County; and
C. The development of an additional commercial airport to complement service provided at JWA.
The measures to implement this policy
are discussed in POLICY IMPLEMENTATION and implementation
of all components of this policy are necessary to preserve the quality
of life for
The purpose of this policy is to establish a comprehensive program to minimize the impact of John Wayne Airport (JWA) on the quality of life for Newport Beach residents by preserving the current operational restrictions at JWA, investigating ways to extend and/or strengthen those restrictions, and encouraging objective evaluation of the potential for converting El Toro MCAS to a commercial airport that would complement air transportation service provided at JWA.
The Southern California Association
of Governments (SCAG) has predicted that the demand for air transportation
Nonetheless, in the absence of an additional
and complementary commercial airport convenient to
A major source of future additional air transportation demand is the urbanization of Southern Orange County. The Board of Supervisors and the cities in Southern Orange County must be willing to accept the responsibility to provide for some of the air transportation demand generated by those businesses and residents. There is evidence to suggest that El Toro Marine Corps Air Station (El Toro MCAS) can, when closed, be converted to a commercial aviation facility:
A. With substantially less noise than generated by current military operations;
significantly affecting the quality of life for
provide a stimulus to the
A. Preservation of the JWA Settlement Agreement. The City Council and staff shall take all steps necessary to protect the validity of the JWA Settlement Agreement. These steps include, without limitation, the following:
1. The City shall oppose, or seek protection from, any Federal legislative or regulatory action that would or could affect or impair the County's ability to operate JWA consistent with the provisions of the JWA Settlement Agreement or the City’s ability to enforce the Settlement Agreement. City staff shall continue to monitor possible amendments to the Airport Noise and Capacity Act of 1990 as well as various FAA Regulations and Advisory Circulars that relate to aircraft departure procedures.
2. The City shall maintain membership in NOISE and/or other groups whose primary purpose is to preserve the right of airport proprietors or noise impacted residents to establish or enforce reasonable restrictions to reduce the noise impact of commercial aircraft operations.
3. The City shall request, and assist the County in implementing, improvements to the comprehensive noise control program at JWA, which are consistent with the terms and provisions of the Settlement Agreement, and do not adversely impact airport capacity or safety. Such improvements could include, without limitation, the following:
a. Implementation of aircraft flight or departure procedures, which assure the community of the best feasible, noise abatement;
b. The preservation of the existing permanent
remote monitoring stations and the upgrade of the current noise monitoring
c. Continued enforcement of the General Aviation Noise Ordinance.
B. Possible Extension of the Settlement Agreement. City Staff is directed to continue to discuss and, subject to City Council approval, negotiate amendments to the JWA Settlement Agreement. The City Council will not approve any amendments to the Settlement Agreement absent FAA approval, preservation of the curfew, and a permanent reduction in the number of permitted departures by the noisiest commercial aircraft currently using the airport. These are the minimum criteria that must be satisfied before the Council will even consider any limited increase in the number of permitted commercial jet departures or passenger service levels.
While a final position on commercial aviation at El Toro MCAS should not be taken by any public or private entity until completion of a thorough and objective study, the following statements can be made with certainty:
1. El Toro MCAS is a County-wide resource which, if properly redeveloped, could generate substantial direct revenue through commercial aircraft operations and other on-site development as well as stimulate Orange County's economy and dramatically increase private and public sector revenue;
2. Evaluation of commercial aviation at
3. El Toro MCAS could be converted to a commercial airport without any South County resident experiencing noise as great as that generated by current military operations and much less noise than is currently experienced by any Newport Beach resident;
4. Public entities and residents likely to be impacted by airport noise or airport operations must receive written and binding assurances that any operational control or restriction necessary to minimize the adverse impact on quality of life will remain in effect in perpetuity.
Formerly B-1 and B-2