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Hearing on Proposed Burbank Airport Terminal

The Burbank City Council and the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority board will meet Wednesday to discuss and take public comment on a proposed new terminal at Burbank Bob Hope Airport. The meeting would be the first in months between the Council and authority over what has become a contentious issue at the San Fernando Valley’s only commercial airport. The authority wants to press ahead with a terminal of 14 gates in a building no larger than 355,000 square feet. It would be built on property the authority owns adjacent to the existing 211,000-square-foot terminal that dates from the 1930s. The City Council is concerned that a new terminal would lead to more flights and noise. To protect its interests, the Council wants to renegotiate the decision-making rules of the authority, which currently has three members appointed by each city and allows simple majority votes on matters before it. The city wants a “consensus” voting rule that would require major decisions related to the terminal and other important issues to require the assent of at least two representatives from each city. The authority wants to have the rule change to be temporary and not affect the proposed terminal’s site, which the authority wants to build north of the existing terminal. It would have the decision-making rules revert to a simple majority vote once the new terminal is built. The Council and board are not expected to make a decision at the hearing, set for 6 p.m. at the Buena Vista Branch Library, 300 N. Buena Vista St. Any terminal plan would have to be approved by Burbank voters, who in 2000 passed Measure B, an initiative that requires public approval of expansion or relocation of the airport’s terminal. On Monday, the airport released its May passenger statistics showing a 2.1 increase from the same period a year earlier. The airport served 341,191 passengers in May compared with 334,143 in May of last year.

Mark Madler
Mark Madler
Mark R. Madler covers aviation & aerospace, manufacturing, technology, automotive & transportation, media & entertainment and the Antelope Valley. He joined the company in February 2006. Madler previously worked as a reporter for the Burbank Leader. Before that, he was a reporter for the City News Bureau of Chicago and several daily newspapers in the suburban Chicago area. He has a bachelor’s of science degree in journalism from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
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