- June 2015 Aviation Update
- Settlement Agreement Amendment Project
- Order Re 9th Settlement Stipulation (10-23-14)
John Wayne Airport (JWA) is located along the northern boundary of the City of Newport Beach. Residential and commercial uses are located directly below the airport’s primary departure pattern for commercial and general aviation aircraft. Monitoring and mitigating the airport’s operations and related impacts, and attempting to ensure the airport does not expand, will always be top priorities for the City and its residents.
JWA began as a private landing strip in the 1920s. As the population of Orange County and the Southern California region steadily increased over the years, so did the demand for, and nature of, air transportation. JWA now serves nearly 10 million passengers each year, with general aviation, commercial aircraft and private jets sharing its runway, terminal and storage facilities. The airport’s growth has brought a number of adverse impacts - such as noise, traffic and aircraft emissions – that pose significant threats to the quality of life for Newport Beach residents.
In addition, the Newport Beach City Council and a number of Orange County cities (known as the “Corridor Cities”) located along the airport’s arrival and departure corridors have publicly agreed to oppose:
- Any expansion of JWA beyond its current physical footprint;
- A second commercial runway or the extension of the existing runway;
- Any significant reduction in general aviation operations / facilities, which could allow for more commercial aircraft use; and
- Any detrimental change to air carrier or general aviation noise ordinances.
Newport Beach believes that the coordinated, collective efforts of local citizen groups, the Corridor Cities, and the County are essential to controlling the adverse impacts of JWA and protecting the quality of life here for this and future generations of residents. There are numerous governmental committees and community groups that meet regularly to discuss and address airport issues.
If you would like more information about the City’s efforts, please contact City Manager Dave Kiff at (949) 644-3001.
In 1985, the City, County of Orange, the Airport Working Group (AWG), and Stop Polluting Our Newport (SPON) entered into a Settlement Agreement to resolve litigation related to JWA. Over the years, the Settlement Agreement has been amended by the Parties to adjust the terms and protect the interests of our community. The current Settlement Agreement is set to expire on December 31, 2015.
In May, 2013, the City, County, AWG, and SPON entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to define their respective roles and responsibilities in the preparation of an environmental impact report (EIR) for the extension of the 1985 John Wayne Airport Settlement Agreement. The MOU, among other things, proposes a “Project” to maintain the current restrictions on JWA though December 31, 2020, with reasonable increases in the number of passengers served and " Class A" departures from JWA going into effect thereafter.
The County of Orange, as the owner and operator of John Wayne Airport, will be the Lead Agency for the Project and will be responsible for the preparation of an environmental impact report (EIR) pursuant to California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and the State CEQA Guidelines. Information on the Project and the EIR will be posted here as it becomes available. Information can also be found at the County’s JWA website at http://www.ocair.com/communityrelations/settlementagreement/
The Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) for the proposed amendment/extension to the John Wayne Airport Settlement Agreement is now available for review. Please click here to read the document. It can also be found at the Newport Beach Central Library. The City of Newport Beach is one signatory of four to the Settlement Agreement that protects neighborhood-friendly controls at John Wayne Airport. The “Proposed Project” is the alternative in the DEIR that the City has worked to negotiate with the other three parties (the County of Orange, Stop Polluting our Newport, and the Airport Working Group). We urge our residents to review the DEIR and offer comments within the 45-day comment period, which starts today (May 23, 2014 - July 8, 2014). If you have any questions about the proposed project or the DEIR, please contact City Manager Dave Kiff at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Public Notice - Notice of Availability of Responses to Comments to EIR 617 and Announcement of Public Hearings
- Public Notice - Notice of Availabliity of Environmental Impact Report (EIR) and Announcement of Public Meetings (Issued May 23, 2014)
- The EIR is available online at www.ocair.com/settlementagreement.
- The EIR is also available for viewing at the Newport Beach Central Library located at 1000 Avocado Avenue.
- Public meetings will be held to provide an overview of the project and findings of the EIR from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on the following dates and locations:
- Wednesday, May 28 - Hewes Middle School located at 13232 Hewes Avenue in North Tustin and
- Thursday, May 29 - JWA Administrative Offices in the Airport Commission hearing room located at 3160 Airway Avenue in Costa Mesa.
- Link to Memorandum of Understanding(MOU) Regarding Preparation Of An Environmental Impact Report
- Link to Notice of Preparation and Scoping Meeting