The central portion of the current terminal was built in 1930. Portions of the structure do not meet current Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) standards. The current location of the passenger terminal violates FAA standards.

An Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is being prepared in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The FAA must consider the EIS in preparing their Record of Decision for the Proposed Action.

An Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is a document prepared by the Federal Government consistent with Section 102(2)(c) of NEPA to evaluate the potential environmental impacts of major Federal Actions.

The Proposed Action includes replacement of the existing 14-gate passenger terminal, located in the southeast quadrant of the Airport, with a new 14-gate passenger terminal in the northeast quadrant of the Airport. The existing passenger terminal would be demolished, and parallel Taxiways A and C would be extended full length to the ends of Runways 15-33 and 08-26, respectively. To learn more about the details of the Proposed Action, refer to our Purpose & Need page.

 

1. Construction of a replacement passenger terminal building: The 355,000-square-foot replacement passenger terminal would have 14 gates and would meet FAA standards. The replacement passenger terminal would be developed in accordance with modern passenger terminal design standards to provide enhanced passenger amenities, security screening facilities that meet the latest Transportation Security Administration (TSA) requirements and adequate space for other airport facilities including holdrooms, baggage claim areas, and public areas that are designed for the aircraft that airlines routinely operate. Additionally, the replacement passenger terminal would be designed to meet California Building Code seismic design standards for a new building.21

2. Construction of a 413,000-square-foot aircraft ramp: The aircraft ramp would accommodate 14 aircraft.

3. Construction of a public automobile parking structure: The public automobile parking structure would be at least five levels, but not more than seven levels, and would include a valet drop-off and pickup area. The total number of public parking spaces at the Airport would not exceed 6,637 spaces.

4. Construction of a new passenger terminal access road: A new multi-lane road extending from the intersection of North Hollywood Way and Winona Avenue would be constructed. This road would loop around the proposed parking structures to provide vehicle access to the replacement passenger terminal and parking structures, thus allowing curb-front access to the passenger terminal and recirculation around the Airport. A secondary point of access would connect the passenger terminal access road with Cohasset Street and Lockheed Drive, providing access to San Fernando Road from both Cohasset Street and Lockheed Drive.

5. Realignment of Avenue A: Avenue A, the existing passenger terminal loop road in the southeast quadrant of the Airport would be realigned. The east-west segment of Avenue A would be shifted to the south to permit the extension of Taxiway C, and the north-south segment of Avenue A would be shifted to the east to permit the extension of Taxiway A. The realigned Avenue A would continue to provide access to the Regional Intermodal Transportation Center and long-term parking in the southeast quadrant of the Airport.

6. Construction of replacement airline cargo building: An 8,000-square-foot replacement airline cargo building would be constructed adjacent to the north of the replacement passenger terminal building.

7. Construction of replacement Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting (ARFF) station: The existing ARFF station is in a hangar in the northwest quadrant of the Airport. A new ARFF station would be constructed south of the replacement passenger terminal, and existing ARFF operations would be relocated. Vehicle access to the new ARFF station would be provided via the new passenger terminal access road. The existing ARFF hangar in the northwest quadrant of the Airport would become available for general aviation uses.

8. Construction of a ground-service equipment (GSE) and passenger terminal maintenance building: A new 8,000-square-foot GSE and passenger terminal maintenance building would be constructed adjacent to the north of the replacement passenger terminal building just south of Cohasset Street. About 2,000 square feet would be used for equipment and tool storage in addition to office space for maintenance staff.

9. Construction of a central utility plant: A new central utility plant would be constructed adjacent to the north of the replacement passenger terminal building in an area just south of Cohasset Street.

10. Construction of ground access vehicle storage and staging: A ground access vehicle storage and staging area for taxis, shared vans, and transportation network companies ( e.g., Uber, Lyft, etc.) would be constructed on the north side of the new passenger terminal access road west of the North Hollywood Way/ Winona Avenue entrance.

11. Taxiway A and Taxiway C Extensions: Taxiway A would be extended from Runway 08-26 south to the Runway 33 threshold, and Taxiway C would be extended between Taxiway G and the Runway 26 threshold. Thus, both Taxiways A and C would be extended to provide full-length parallel taxiways.

12. Realignment of the Airport service road: The Airport service road in the southeast quadrant of the Airport would be relocated.

13. Demolition of passenger terminal building: The existing 232,000- square-foot passenger terminal would be demolished.

14. Removal of commercial aircraft ramp and adjacent taxilanes: The existing commercial aircraft ramp and adjacent taxilanes would be demolished.

15. Removal of parking booth: The existing parking both would be removed to allow for vehicle storage and staging.

16. Removal of employee parking lot: The existing employee surface parking in Parking Lot A and the employee parking lot in the southeast quadrant would be removed.

17. Removal of Parking Lot A: Existing Parking Lot A would be closed and all structures would be removed.

17. Removal of Parking Lot B: Existing Parking Lot B would be closed and all structures within Parking Lot B would be removed.

19. Removal of Parking Lot E: Existing Parking Lot E would be closed and all structures within Parking Lot E would be removed.

20. Removal of public parking structure: The existing public parking structure adjacent to the existing passenger terminal would be demolished.

21. Removal of tenant lease area: The existing pavement for the tenant-leased property would be removed to allow for the development of the replacement passenger terminal building.

22. Demolition of airline cargo and GSE maintenance building and associated pavement: The existing 16,000-square-foot airline cargo and GSE maintenance building would be demolished.

23. Demolition of shuttle bus dispatch office and staging area: The existing shuttle bus dispatch office and staging area would be demolished.

The following potential alternatives were identified:

  • New Airport.  Construction of a new airport on a different site.
  • Remote Landside Facility. Construction of a remote “landside” facility and an on-Airport “airside” facility.
  • Transfer Activity to Other Airports. Transfer of aviation activity to another existing public airport (or airports) in Southern California.
  • Other Modes of Transportation. Use of other modes of transportation, including automobiles, buses, existing passenger trains, or proposed high-speed rail facilities.
  • Airfield Reconfiguration. Relocation of Runways 8-26 and 15-33 away from the existing passenger terminal in accordance with FAA airport design standards.
  • Replacement Passenger Terminal in Southeast Quadrant. Construction of a replacement passenger terminal in the Southeast Quadrant of the Airport.
  • Replacement Passenger Terminal in Southwest Quadrant. Construction of a replacement passenger terminal in the Southwest Quadrant of the Airport.
  • Replacement Passenger Terminal in Northwest Quadrant. Construction of a replacement passenger terminal in the Northwest Quadrant of the Airport.
  • Replacement Passenger Terminal in Northeast Quadrant. Construction of a replacement passenger terminal in the Northeast Quadrant of the Airport.
  • No Action Alternative. The Authority would take no action to develop a replacement passenger terminal.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) publishes a Notice of Intent in the Federal Register that informs the public of the upcoming environmental analysis and describes how the public can become involved in the EIS preparation. This Notice of Intent starts the scoping phase to define the range of issues and possible alternatives to be addressed in the EIS.

The FAA is the lead federal agency for the preparation of this EIS. The EIS is prepared in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), Council of Environmental Quality (CEQ) Regulations for Implementing the Procedural Provisions of NEPA, FAA Order 1050.1F, Environmental Impacts: Policies and Procedures, and FAA Order 5050.4B, National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Implementing Instructions for Airport Actions.

Preparation of this EIS is a federal process led by the FAA, not to be confused with the state-led environmental disclosure process that occurred under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).

For more detail on the EIS process, please refer to the infographic below.

The EIS process provides a number of opportunities for public involvement.  Please see the “Public Involvement” page for more opportunities. 

On November 8, 2016, the voters of Burbank approved an agreement between the City of Burbank and the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority. It gives the Airport Authority the right to build a 14-gate, 355,000-square-foot replacement passenger terminal. In exchange, Burbank receives control over critical decisions about the Airport’s future. More about Measure B

The National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) requires federal agencies to assess the environmental effects of their proposed actions prior to making decisions. In this specific instance, NEPA requires that an EIS be completed to assess potential effects and impacts of the proposed Replacement Passenger Terminal project on the environment.