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Newport BeachCity Council Policy A-17

In July 2006, the City Council adopted an "Airport Policy" (A-17) that contains a comprehensive strategy to protect Newport Beach residents from the adverse impacts of aircraft operations at John Wayne Airport (JWA).

The City Council’s primary objective is to protect Newport Beach residents from the impacts of commercial aircraft operations at and from John Wayne Airport 0WA). The City Council believes that the impacts related to JWA are now, and will continue to be, the most significant threat to the quality of life of Newport Beach residents. For the last 30 years, the City, and community groups concerned about adverse airport impacts, have developed and implemented strategies to control those impacts and these efforts, which have been supported by the County for the last 20 years, have made JWA one of the most "community friendly" airports in the nation.

The City and community groups have achieved some success in controlling airport impacts by understanding, and working within, the complex legal, economic and political factors that are relevant to adverse airport impacts such as the type and level of aircraft operations. The purpose of this Policy, which is admittedly long and somewhat complex, is to provide elected and appointed officialsJWA Terminal with information and guidelines that will help ensure that decisions related to John Wayne Airport TerminalJWA serve the best interests of New-port Beach residents and enable residents to better understand and provide input regarding those decisions. Recognizing that the City has no legal ability to directly regulate JWA operations, the City Council and community groups approved (in 1985), aggressively protected (in 1990), and then extended the term (in 2002) of the JWA Settlement Agreement. The JWA Settlement Agreement is the single most important vehicle for controlling adverse airport impacts. The City Council should pursue future Settlement Agreement amendments but only if the terms and conditions of the amendments don’t facilitate any airport expansion, don’t modify the curfew, don’t adversely impact our resident’s quality of life and are in the best long-term interests of Newport Beach residents most adversely impacted by airport operations.

The City will continue to aggressively oppose any proposal or plan that could lead to development of a second air carrier runway or runway extension and any plan or proposal that could lead to any modification of the existing noise-based curfew. The City will continue to work with, and support the efforts of, community groups and other cities impacted by ]WA when those efforts are consistent or compatible with the airport strategies approved by the City Council. The City will also actively support any program or proposal that would help serve Orange County’s air transportation demand at facilities other than JWA.

This Policy has been developed with input from the Citizens Aviation Committee (Aviation Committee) that was established by the City Council in 1979. Aviation Committee members have volunteered thousands of hours in developing and implementing City airport policies and strategies. The Aviation Committee is comprised of consists of residents of each Councilmanic District, many of whom are pilots or otherwise knowledgeable about airport or aviation issues, and the diversity of membership ensures relevant input from all geographic segments of the City. The City Council appreciates the good work of the Aviation Committee and will continue to rely on the Aviation Committee in developing and implementing airport policy.

Access the complete City Council Policy A-17 document by clicking here.

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Last updated: 6/17/2009 8:55:13 AM