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Supervisors OK John Wayne Airport Environmental Contracts

The proposed airport agreeement

A plane arriving at John Wayne Airport. (Patch file photo)
A plane arriving at John Wayne Airport. (Patch file photo)
Five consulting firms will begin drafting environmental impact reports for the proposed extension of the John Wayne Airport settlement agreement, airport officials announced last week.

At its Tuesday meeting, the Orange County Board of Supervisors approved tied to the proposed extension of the airport's settlement agreement, airport officials reported. The environmental reviews will examine what impact extending the agreement would have on the airport's neighbors and are expected to be completed early next year.

Areas of review include noise, traffic and air quality.

According to the proposed settlement agreement, the airport curfew would continue a ban on commercial plane departures before 7 a.m. Monday through Saturday and before 8 a.m. on Sunday, and on arrivals after 11 p.m.

The proposal also would cap passenger flow at 10.8 million for another eight years through 2020, with a million more travelers allowed between 2021 through 2025.

Newport Beach officials worked with the Airport Working Group, Stop Polluting Our Newport and the County of Orange to draft a proposed airport settlement agreement to extend a 1985 settlement agreement which expires in 2015 and was created to curtail the airport's impacts on the neighboring communities.

The environmental reports are expected to get back to the Orange County Board of Supervisors for review next year.

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