Better Plan For Land Use?
The Los Angeles Board of Airport
Commissioners (BOAC) Monday voted to send the Department of City
Planning a new alternative for the Van Nuys Airport (VNY) Master
The BOAC called for immediate action on Alternative J, which
identifies land use designations to govern future development of
the airport and a dedicated area for propeller aircraft.
"I am pleased that the Board of Airport Commissioners voted
today to move forward with the Van Nuys Airport Master Plan," said
Los Angeles Mayor Jim Hahn. "Van Nuys Airport is the largest
general aviation airport in the country, which is why it is
important that we adopt a master plan to guide the future
development of the airport that will balance the needs of all
stakeholders who do business with and live in the communities
surrounding the airport."
The BOAC first approved a recommended alternative for the VNY
Master Plan in February 2000 that identified Runway, Aviation,
Airport Commercial and Airport Light Industrial areas. Following a
series of public hearings and at the recommendation of the Van Nuys
Airport Citizens Advisory Council, the alternative was modified to
include specific acreage dedicated for use by propeller
"Today marks an important step forward in the Van Nuys Airport
Master Plan process," said BOAC President Cheryl K. Petersen. "Our
goal is to achieve a long-term plan that will provide for the
orderly development of on-airport land uses, enhance the
environment and increase Van Nuys Airport's compatibility with the
Los Angeles City Councilmember Tony Cardenas, whose district
includes the airport, strongly endorsed Alternative J. "Good
compromises are rare in project developments of this magnitude,"
said Cardenas. "Alternative J is the best plan because, even though
no one got everything they wanted, each side realized that a fair
compromise was more important than winning."
The BOAC also requested that City Planning staff analyze a
provision of the Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) Leasing Policy
that reserves a minimum of 50 acres for the current and future
storage and support of propeller aircraft at VNY.
"I am very pleased by the BOAC's action today, said VNY Citizens
Advisory Council Chair Coby King. "The community, as represented by
the Van Nuys Airport Citizens Advisory Council, strongly supports
moving forward with a new master plan based on Alternative J. I
look forward to working with LAWA staff, Councilmember Cardenas and
the Planning Department to bring to fruition a new master plan that
best balances the needs of the aviation community and local
The Department of City Planning will next prepare an analysis of
Alternative J in comparison with other alternatives and submit a
final recommendation to the City Planning Commission.
Following review and approval by the City Planning Commission,
the Final Environmental Impact Report, VNY Master Plan and
associated documents will be transmitted to the City Council and
Mayor for final adoption.
Once approved, the VNY Master Plan will be incorporated into the
City's General Plan as an amendment. Airport officials estimate the
Master Plan approval process could take up to 10 months to
Ranked as the world's busiest general aviation airfield, VNY is
one of four airports owned and operated by Los Angeles World
Airports, a self-supporting department of the City of Los