LAX's modernization plan--with its runway relocation and people mover, among other changes--has had a mixed week. On the one hand, the City Planning Commission approved the project plan yesterday (its most controversial feature would move the northernmost runway 260 feet closer to nearby homes), reports Culver City Patch. The plan's most controversial feature would move the northernmost runway 260 feet closer to nearby homes--airport commissioners have argued that such a move is crucial to attracting more international flights to LAX, saying that "it would be short-sighted for Los Angeles to not reconfigure its major gateway airport in a way to provide an economic engine going forward and be competitive in international travel."
But plans hit a bump on the county level earlier in the week. Another Patch report says that one county supervisor is "wondering if the plan to relocate a runway complies with a 2006 legal settlement" that limits growth at LAX and requires airport traffic to be spread more evenly around the region. Supervisor Don Knabe, who represents the area around LAX, introduced a motion a Board of Supervisors meeting this week that would "enforce compliance with the settlement agreement that stems from expansion plans at Los Angeles International Airport," according to the Daily Breeze. The supes now studying the issue and are due to report back next month. [Photo by Elizabeth Daniels]
· LAX Modernization Plan Moves Forward [CC Patch]
· Huge LAX Modernization: Runway Moves, People Mover, More [Curbed LA]