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Settlement Agreement

The 1985 Settlement Agreement formalized consensus between the County of Orange, the City of Newport Beach, the Airport Working Group (AWG) and Stop Polluting Our Newport (SPON) on the nature and extent of facility and operational improvements that could be implemented at John Wayne Airport through 2005.

In 2003, the original four signators approved a series of amendments to the Settlement Agreement that allowed for additional facilities and operational capacity and continued to provide environmental protections for the local community through 2015. Click here for key provisions of the 1985 Settlement Agreement and the 2003 amendments.

Since early 2012, the four signators have been discussing a second extension to the Settlement Agreement. The parties have reached agreement on the definition of a "proposed project" and project alternatives to be analyzed pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act. For a description of the proposed project and alternatives click here and for FAQs about the proposed extension of the John Wayne Airport Settlement Agreement, please click here.

The first step in the environmental review process, issuance of a Notice of Preparation/Initial Study (NOP), occurred on Tuesday, October 1, 2013. For a copy of the NOP, click here. A public NOP Scoping Meeting was held on Thursday, October 17, 2013. Airport staff and the primary EIR consultant, BonTerra, explained the purpose and contents of the NOP and received public comments. For a copy of the materials available at the Scoping meeting, click here. Comments on the NOP are due by 5:00 pm on Thursday, October 31, 2103 and should addressed to: Ms. Lea Choum, John Wayne Airport, 3160 Airway Avenue, Costa Mesa, CA, 92626.

With respect to the remainder of the process, a Draft EIR presenting the results of the environmental analysis is expected to be published in the second quarter of 2014 and will be available for public review and comment. Following the public comment period, the Draft EIR is scheduled to be presented to the Board of Supervisors for its consideration in late summer of 2014.