LAX Specific Plan Amendment Study Process
(Section V of the Stipulated Settlement)
The intent of the LAX Specific Plan Amendment Study Process is to provide a clear definition of the nature, scope, timing, and procedural elements of the LAX Specific Plan approved by the City Council on December 14, 2004. Section 7 (H) of the Specific Plan requires LAWA to complete an LAX Specific Plan Amendment Study comprehensively addressing security, traffic, aviation activity and corresponding environmental analysis consistent with the California Environmental Quality Act in the following three circumstances:
- Prior to seeking an LAX Plan Compliance determination for any of the following Projects (commonly referred to as the Yellow Light Projects):
(Note: The Stipulated Settlement removes the West Satellite Concourse and associated APM segments from this list of projects.)
- Development of the Ground Transportation Center (GTC), including baggage tunnel, associated structures and equipment;
- Automated People Mover (APM) 2 from the GTC to the Central Terminal Area (CTA), including its stations and related facilities and equipment;
- Demolition of CTA Terminals 1, 2, and 3;
- West Satellite Concourse and associated APM segments
- North Runway re-configuration as contemplated in the Master Plan, including center taxiways; and
- On-site road improvements associated with (a) and (b) above.
- If the annual traffic generation report required in Subsection G 1 of the Specific Plan and/or the annual traffic generation report considered together with any Project-specific traffic study, shows that any Master Plan Projects will be generating net new airport peak hour Trips in excess of 8236 (unless the total Trips for that year are related to construction or phasing impacts).
- If the annual aviation activity analysis required in Subsection G1 of the Specific Plan forecasts that the annual passengers for that year are anticipated to exceed 78.9 million.
As part of the Stipulated Settlement and within 60 days of the Settlement, Los Angeles World Airports will commence the LAX Specific Plan Amendment Study Process focusing on the following:
- Potential alternative designs, technologies, and configurations for the LAX Master Plan Program that would provide solutions to the problems that the Yellow Light Projects were designed to address consistent with a practical capacity of LAX at 78.9 million annual passengers (the "Alternative Projects").
- Security, traffic and aviation activity of such alternative designs, technologies, and configurations for the Alternative Projects.
- Potential environmental impacts that could result from replacement of the Yellow Light projects with Alternative Projects, and potential mitigation measures that could provide a comparable level of mitigation to that described for the Yellow Light Projects in the LAX Master Plan Program EIR.
More details concerning the LAX Specific Plan Amendment Study Process can be viewed in Section V of the Stipulated Settlement at: Final Stipulated Settlement