On June 20, Airport Staff announced that the City of Burbank and the Burbank-Glendale Pasadena Airport Authority have drafted a development agreement regarding the proposed 14-gate Bob Hope Airport Replacement Terminal. The complete presentation is available on the Airport’s Replacement Terminal website.
If Burbank voters approve the new passenger terminal, Burbank would receive new protections through an amendment to the Joint Powers Agreement that governs the voting rules for the Airport Authority. This amendment would require a supermajority vote—two votes of approval from each of the three cities represented on the Airport Authority Commission—for eight potential future Authority actions, including changing the voluntary nighttime noise rules or increasing the number of gates. The complete list of actions, along with additional information about the project, is outlined in the FAQ section of the Airport’s Replacement Terminal website.
In return, the Authority would receive a vested right to build a 355,000-square-foot, 14- gate Replacement Terminal, a vested right to general plan and zoning designations for all Authority property, and the ability to seek delegation of building official powers if the City of Burbank breaches the development agreement.
The draft agreement also highlights the process for public input on the Replacement Terminal’s design. The Authority would be obligated to notify every Burbank resident of these workshops and community meetings, of which there would have to be at least six, with no more than one scheduled per month.