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Q SEW Pp�T <br />CITY OF <br />�m <br />z NEWPORT BEACH <br />c�<,FORN'P City Council Staff Report <br />March 12, 2019 <br />Agenda Item No. 18 <br />TO: HONORABLE MAYOR AND MEMBERS OF THE CITY COUNCIL <br />FROM: Grace K. Leung, City Manager - 949-644-3001, <br />gleung@newportbeachca.gov <br />PREPARED BY: Tara Finnigan, Deputy City Manager, <br />tfinnigan@newportbeachca.gov <br />PHONE: 949-644-3035 <br />TITLE: John Wayne Airport General Aviation Improvement Program Draft EIR <br />ABSTRACT - <br />The County of Orange is considering modernizing the general aviation (GA) facilities at <br />John Wayne Airport (JWA). The proposed JWA General Aviation Improvement Program <br />(GAIP) would provide a framework for updating the airport's GA facilities. After reviewing <br />the Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) for the GAIP, City of Newport Beach staff <br />and consultants believe the GAIP would expand and intensify operations in areas of the <br />JWA that now support light GA. The Project will also increase the number of corporate <br />and private jets that depart JWA, resulting in potentially negative impacts on communities <br />surrounding JWA. Pending possible further environmental review, project Alternative 3, <br />as presented in the DEIR and if selected by the County, would be the least impactful on <br />Newport Beach neighborhoods. <br />RECOMMENDATION: <br />a) Determine this action is exempt from the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) <br />pursuant to Sections 15060(c)(2) and 15060(c)(3) of the CEQA Guidelines because <br />this action will not result in a physical change to the environment, directly or indirectly; <br />and <br />b) Authorize the Mayor to send a letter to the Orange County Board of Supervisors <br />requesting the Supervisors, after conducting project specific environmental review as <br />part of the Final Environmental Impact Report, adopt project Alternative 3 as <br />presented in the draft Environmental Impact Report for the JWA General Aviation <br />Improvement Program. <br />FUNDING REQUIREMENTS: <br />There is no fiscal impact related to this item. <br />18-1 <br />