News Releases

April 16, 2013


SANTA ANA, Calif. - At its regularly scheduled meeting this morning, the Orange County Board of Supervisors authorized execution of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the City of Newport Beach (City), the Airport Working Group (AWG) and Stop Polluting Our Newport (SPON). The MOU is an important step toward extending the landmark John Wayne Airport Settlement Agreement.

The MOU, previously executed by the City, AWG and SPON, defines roles and responsibilities with respect to preparation of an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). The purpose of the EIR is to identify the environmental impacts associated with a proposed 15-year extension of the Settlement Agreement. Following community meetings and a required public comment period on the results of the environmental analysis, the Draft EIR will be presented to the Board of Supervisors for its consideration. The County expects that this environmental review process will be complete in early 2014.

The original 1985 Settlement Agreement formalized consensus between the County of Orange, the City, AWG and SPON on a set of defined facility and operational improvements for John Wayne Airport and a related set of environmental protections. The Settlement Agreement was amended and extended in 2003 and is currently set to expire on December 31, 2015. To learn more about the Settlement Agreement and the proposed extension, visit



John Wayne Airport (SNA) is owned by the County of Orange and is operated as a self-supporting enterprise that receives no general fund tax revenue.  The Airport serves approximately nine million passengers annually and reaches more than 20 nonstop destinations in the United States, Mexico and Canada.  More information can be found at or at or on @johnwayneair.