The Department of City Planning will hold an open house and community meeting to hear from the public regarding plans to modernize Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), which include several proposals to reconfigure the North Runway, build a new Automated People Mover and Consolidated Rental Car Center, and connect the Green Line directly into the airport.
The open house will be held on Tuesday, January 8, at The Proud Bird Restuarant, 11022 Aviation Blvd, Los Angeles, 90045 (map), from 4:30-6:30 p.m., followed by the community meeting at the same location at 6:30 p.m.
Councilmember Bill Rosendahl and his Westchester and Playa del Rey constituents have expressed concerns that a recommendation to move the North Runway 260 feet closer to nearby homes could increase noise and air pollution, as well as pave the way for increases in traffic and congestion throughout the region.
“I maintain my position of modernization — yes, expansion – no,” said Rosendahl. “I support building an automated people mover, a rental car center, and the extension of the Green Line to LAX. Those are projects that will increase conveniences and add to the passenger experience at LAX. But we’ve already demonstrated that we don’t need to move the North Runways.”
A 2010 North Runway Safety Study conducted by NASA and a panel of Academic Experts found that the North Runway Complex is extremely safe, even at future fleet mix and traffic levels, and that the existing configuration would not unduly impact operational efficiency at LAX. That study was included in the Specific Plan Amendment Study (SPAS).
Also included were a number of projects to improve taxiways, ground transportation, and build a Consolidated Rental Car center at Manchester Square.
The SPAS Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) for the proposal was released last summer.
Following the community meeting on Tuesday, a written recommendation report will subsequently be prepared by the Department of City Planning for consideration by the City Planning Commission and then by the City Council and the mayor.
Written communication may be e-mailed or mailed to Shawn Kuk, Department of City Planning, 200 N. Spring St., Room 667, Los Angeles, CA 90012; e-mail, firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more Information, please visit http://www.lawa.org/laxspas.
See also Rosendahl Supports LAX Modernization, Opposes Runway Project, and to see the modernization efforts already underway at LAX click here.