The County of Orange/ John Wayne Airport (the “County”) is currently preparing an Environmental Impact Report (“EIR”) for the proposed John Wayne Airport Settlement Agreement Amendment. The County released the Notice of Preparation (NOP) on October 1, 2013, and held a scoping meeting on October 17, 2013, to solicit comments on the content and scope of the EIR.
Airport staff and the consultant team are in the process of reviewing the NOP comments and are working on the four key technical studies proposed for the EIR (air quality, aviation, noise and traffic).
In accordance with the Memorandum of Understanding (“MOU”) approved by the settlement parties, the County continues to work with the City of Newport Beach, Stop Polluting Our Newport (“SPON”) and the Airport Working Group (“AWG”) regarding preparation of the Draft Environmental Impact Report (“DEIR”).
With respect to the remainder of the process, a DEIR presenting the results of the environmental analysis is expected to be published and made available for public review and comment in the first quarter of 2014.
Following the public comment period, the DEIR and responses to comments are anticipated to be presented to the Board of Supervisors for consideration in the summer of 2014.
This announcement was written by Thomas C. Edwards, the Newport Beach Council's Attorney for Aviation, who gave AirFair permission to use it. You will find this announcement included in his monthly report, "All Things Aviation," which is on Newport Beach's website (Monthly Report) as well as AirFair's website.
AirFair will continue to monitor the Agreement's process and will send you a notice of how and when the public can review the document and submit comments.
The public review is scheduled for this first quarter of 2014.
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