The Burbank City Council this week voted unanimously to begin negotiations to extend the city’s development agreement with Bob Hope Airport for an additional three years — a sort of “cease fire” that will allow the two parties to plan future capital projects without high-pressure deadlines.
The negotiations would extend a 2005 agreement between the city and Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority that allowed for only limited development at the airport until June 2012. Other items up for negotiation include requiring voter approval in Burbank of new building projects on the airfield.
Described by the city’s outside airport attorney Peter Kirsch as a “cease fire,” the agreement would also bar the airport from constructing a new terminal building until March 2015.
The Federal Aviation Administration has long had a safety issue with Bob Hope Airport's passenger terminal and its proximity to the runway.
“We don’t want to get to 2012 and wonder what’s next or rush to put a new mechanism in place,” Kirsch told the City Council on Tuesday.