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Settlement Agreement

BACKGROUND

1985 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 (JWA) through 2005.

2003 Settlement Agreement Amendment In 2003, the original four signatories 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.

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

ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW OF PROPOSED SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT AMENDMENT

Notice of Preparation The first step in the environmental review process, issuance of a Notice of Preparation/Initial Study (NOP), occurred on October 1, 2013. A public NOP Scoping Meeting was held on October 17, 2013 to explain the purpose and contents of the NOP and receive public comments. Comments on the NOP were accepted through 5:00 pm on October 31, 2013.

Draft Environmental Impact Report Draft Environmental Impact Report #617 (Draft EIR) was issued on May 23, 2014. The Draft EIR was prepared to address the potential environmental impacts associated with the modification and extension of the Settlement Agreement. Public meetings on the Draft EIR were held in North Tustin on May 28, 2014 and in Costa Mesa on May 29, 2014.  The comment period on the Draft EIR closed on July 8, 2014.  To access the Draft EIR, click here.

Consideration by the Board of Supervisors The Proposed Project, Alternatives and Final EIR, including public comments submitted on the Draft EIR and responses to those comments, are scheduled to be presented to: (1) the Orange County Planning Commission on September 10, 2014; (2) the Orange County Airport Commission on September 17, 2014; and (3) the Orange County Board of Supervisors on September 30, 2014 (view Notice of Public Hearing). Click here for the Notice of Availability of Responses to Comments to EIR 617 and Announcement of Public Hearings and here for the responses to comments on the Draft EIR. Agendas for each meeting will be posted here for the Planning Commission, here for the Airport Commission and here for the Board of Supervisors.