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March 19, 2014

The Honorable City Council of the City of Los Angeles City Hall, Room 395 Los Angeles, CA 90012 Subject:

APPROVAL OF LOS ANGELES INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT PLAN COMPLIANCE REPORT AND ADOPT AND CERTIFY THE FINAL ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT REPORT FOR THE LOS ANGELES INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT WEST AIRCRAFT MAINTENANCE AREA.

LAX LA/Ontario Van Nuys City 01 Los Angeles Eric Gareetti Mayor

Board of Airport Commissioners

Pursuant to the requirements of Ordinance No. 176.345. as amended by 182,542, Section F.5, the Board of Airport Commissioners hereby requests that the City Council act on these items within 45 days:

1.

CONCUR with the actions of the Board of Airport Commissioners (BOAC), including Resolution No. 25365, in its approval of the Los Angeles International Airport West Aircraft Maintenance Area (WAMA) Project. .

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CERTIFY that the: a. Final Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the WAMA Project. which includes the Draft EIR, has been prepared in accordance with the requirements California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). and the City of Los Angeles CEQA Guidelines; and b. That Board of Airport Commissioners (Board), as the decision making body of the lead agency, considered the Final Environmental Impact Report (EIR) prior to approving the project and any comments received. c. That the WAMA Project's Final EIR represents the independentjudgment and analysis of the lead agency.

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FIND that: a. The WAMA Project, as defined in the EIR, complies with the Los Angeles International (LAX) Plan. all design guidelines required by the LAX Plan, and all applicable provisions of the LAX Specific Plan, as fully set forth in the EDR, and b. The WAMA Project has been adequately analyzed in compliance with CEQA, the applicable commitments and mitigation measures contained in the LAX Master Plan Mitigation Monitoring and Reporting Program (as may be modified by the Board in compliance with CEQA) or identified in any subsequent environmental review have been incorporated into the WAMA Project to the extent feasible, as fully set forth in the LAX Plan Compliance Report.

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ADOPT a. b. c. d.

Sean O. Burton President Valeria C. Velasco Vice President Gabriel L. Eshaghian Jackie Goldberg Beatrice C. Hsu Matthew M. Johnson Dr. Cynthia A. Telles Gina Marie lindSey Executive Director

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the: Executive Director's LAX Plan Compliance Report (EDR) Statement of Overriding Considerations. CEQA Findings. Applicable WAMA's Project's Project Design Features, Commitments, and Measures in the LAX Master Plan Mitigation Monitoring and Reporting Program ("MMRP").

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APPROVE the WAMA Project.

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FURTHER APPROVE the LAX Plan Compliance as recommended in the Executive Director's Report, including adoption of the required findings and imposition of all recommended conditions.

The Board of Airport Commissioners consideration:

transmits herewith the following materials for your

Resolution No. 25365 Provided on CD: Exhibit A: Executive Director's Report (Exhibit A) Exhibit B: Statement of Overriding Considerations (Exhibit B) Exhibit C: CEQA findings (Exhibit C) Exhibit D: MMRP (Exhibit D) (Can also be viewed at http://www.ourlax.org under Projects-Publications) There is no fiscal impact to the City's General Fund as a result of these actions. Very truly yours,

Sandra . Miller - Commission Executive Assistant II BOARD OF AIRPORT COMMISSIONERS cc: Trade, Commerce and Tourism Committee Councilmember LaBonge, E~file Councilmember Bonin, E~file Councilmember Buscaino, E~fi1e CAO (Airport Analyst), E~file CLA (Airport Analyst), E~file City Clerk's Office, Enc. (one original)

Los Angeles World Airports

RESOLUTION NO. 25365

LAX LAlOniario Van Nuys

City of Los Angeles Eric Garcetti Mayor

Board og Airport Commissioners Sean O. Burton President Valeria C. Velasco Vice President Gabriel L. Eshaghian Jackie Goldberg Beatrice C. Hsu Matthew M. Johnson Dr. Cynthia A. Telles Gina Marie Lindsey Executive Director

BE IT RESOl VEO that the Board of Airport Commissioners considered and adopted the Executive Director's los Angeles International Airport Plan Compliance Report, adopted the Statement of Overriding Considerations, the California Environmental Quality Act Findings, and the West Aircraft Maintenance Area Project Mitigation Monitoring and Reporting Program; and adopted and certified the Final Environmental Impact Report for the West Aircraft Maintenance Area Project; approved the West Aircraft Maintenance Area Project, transmit and recommend that the City Council concur with the actions of the Board of Airport Commissioners, and affirm the adoption and certification of the West Aircraft Maintenance Area Final Environmental Impact Report and the recommendation for the los Angeles International Airport Plan Compliance Approval, as referenced on the board report attached herein and made part hereof; and BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that an Environmental Impact Report was prepared for the project in compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and the City of los Angeles CEQA Guidelines. Pursuant to State CEQA Guidelines Section 15091(e), the location and custodian of documents and materials related to the EIR for the project is los Angeles World Airports, Capital Programming and Planning Division, One World Way, Suite 218B, los Angeles, California 90045.

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I hereby certify that this Resolution No. 25365 is true and correct, as adopted by the Board of Airport Commissioners at its Special Meeting held on Tuesday, March 18, 2014.

Sandra . iller - Secretary BOARD OF AIRPORT COMMISSIONERS

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Consider and Adopt the Executive Director's Los Angele~ International Airport Plan Compliance Report and Adopt and Certify the Final Environmental Impact Report for the Los Angeles International Airport West Aircraft Maintenance Area Project

Consider and Adopt the Executive Director's Los Angeles International Airport Plan Compliance Report, Adopt and Certify the Final Environmental Impact Report for the West Aircraft Maintenance Area (VVAMA) Project; Approve the West Aircraft Maintenance Area Project, Transmit and Recommend that the City Council concur with the Actions of the Board of Airport Commissioners, and Affirm the Adoption and Certification of the West Aircraft Maintenance Area Final Environmental Impact Report and the Recommendation for the Los Angeles International Airport Plan Compliance Approval.

RECOMMENDATIONS: Management RECOMMENDS that the Board of Airport Commissioners: 1. ADOPT the Staff Report. 2. CERTIFY that: a) The Final Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the WAMA Project, which includes the Draft EIR, has been prepared in accordance with the requirements of California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and the City of Los Angeles CEQA Guidelines; and

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b) The Board of Airport Commissioners (Board), as the decision making body of the lead agency, considered the Final EIR prior to approving the Project and any comments received; and c) The WAMA Project's Final EIR represents the independent judgment and analysis of the lead agency. 3.

FIND that a) The WAMA Project, as defined in the EIR, complies with the Los Angeles International (LAX) Plan, all design guidelines required by the LAX Plan, and all applicable provisions of the LAX Specific Plan, as fully set forth in the EDR; and b) The WAMA Project has been adequately analyzed in compliance with CEOA, and the applicable commitments and mitigation measures contained in the LAX Master Plan Mitigation Monitoring and Reporting Program (MMRP) have been incorporated into the WAMA Project as fully set forth in the LAX Plan Compliance Report.

4. ADOPT the: a) Executive Director's LAX Plan Compliance Report (EDR) b) Statement of Overriding Considerations c) CEQA Findings d) WAMA MMRP, including applicable WAMA Project's Project Design Features, Commitments, and Measures in the LAX Master Plan MMRP 5.

CONSIDER the LAX Plan Compliance determination as recommended in the EDR including the adoption of findings and imposition .of all recommended conditions.

6. APPROVE the WAMA Project as described in the Final EIR. 7. TRANSMIT and RECOMMEND that the City Council concur with the actions of the Board, affirm the certification of the WAMA EI R and approve the LAX Plan Compliance determination as recommended in the EDR.

DISCUSSION: 1. Purpose Certify and adopt the Final Environmental Impact Report (EIR) prepared for the West Aircraft Maintenance Area 0NAMA) Project, adopt the Executive Director's Los Angeles International Airport Plan Compliance Report (EDR), and approve the WAMA Project as described in the Final EIR.

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2. Prior Related Actions •

September 20, 2010 - Resolution No. 24207 (DA-4515) The Board awarded a three-year contract to Atkins, formerly Post, Buckley, Schuh & Jerigan, Inc. (PBS&J) for professional engineering services for ailiield improvement projects at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).

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August 20,2013 - Resolution No. 25199 (DA-4515A) The Board approved the First Amendment to contract No. DA-4515 with Atkins, extending the term for three years and adding additional funding of $2,000,000 for continued professional engineering services for airfield improvement projects at LAX.

3. Current Action The WAMA Project (the Project) will consolidate, relocate, and modernize certain existing aircraft maintenance facilities at LAX. The Project will also allow for more .efficient and effective maintenance of existing aircraft at the airport, including Aircraft Design Group (ADG) VI aircraft (Airbus A380s and Boeing 747-8s), and will provide an area for remain overnight (RON)/remain all day (RAD) aircraft parking to support routine servicing and maintenance of existing aircraft. The Project includes grading approximately 84 acres in the southwest portion of the ailiield and developing approximately 68 of the 84 acres with taxiways and aircraft parking apron areas, maintenance hangars, employee parking, service roads, and ancillary facilities (i.e., related storage, equipment and facilities). The LAX Specific Plan mandates that no grading permit, building permit, or use of land permit shall be issued, and no construction shall occur, for certain types of development within the Specific Plan Area unless the Executive Director has approved the development. Accordingly, the Project requires an EDR for LAX Plan Compliance and environmental clearance pursuant to CEQA. Staff recommends approval of the Project as described in the Final EIR; approval of the EDR for the Project at LAX, which includes the recommendation for LAX Plan Compliance approval; certification of the EIR; adoption of the. Statement of Overriding Considerations, CEQA Findings, and the Project's Mitigation Monitoring and Reporting Program (MMRP); and transmittal of all recommendations to the City Counell, including affirmation of certification of the WAMA EIR and approval of LAX Plan Compliance. Implementation of the Project will still require certain approvals by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), including an updated Airport Layout Plan for LAX and other related approvals. The FAA is currently reviewing the Project and will complete the necessary federal environmental review pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). FAA grants may be solicited for the construction of the Project. Completion of Los Angeles World Airports' (LAWA) review and approval process for the Project precedes action by the FAA.

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Report and Findings

LAWA, as lead agency for the Project, developed a project-level EIR for the Project. The EIR analyzed the subsequent areas identified in the Notice of Preparation/Initial Study (NOPIIS) released on September 14,2012 to October 15, 2012. A Scoping Meeting was held on October 4,2012, where the public had an opportunity to provide comments in writing on any area of concern. LAWA distributed copies of the IS/Nap to other agencies, airlines and other leaseholders at LAX. The IS/Nap was made available on the LAWA

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website and placed at six local libraries (Westchester-Loyola Branch, Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, Culver, EI Segundo, Hawthorne and Inglewood public libraries). The IS evaluated all the environmental topics required by CEQA as outlined in Appendix G of the State CEQA Guidelines. The findings of the IS determined that an EIR would be prepared, with environmental topics that were determined in the IS to have no impacts or less than significant impacts without mitigation would not be carried forward for further analysis in the Draft EIR. The environmental topics identified in the NOP/IS that would require further analysis in the Draft EIR included air quality (including human health risks), greenhouse gases, hazards and hazardous materials, hydrology/water quality, noise, land use and planning, and surface transportation. As described in the Statement of Overriding Considerations, CEQA Findings, and detailed in the Draft EIR, the Project is predicted to result in maximum daily emissions that exceed the South Coast Air Quality Management District regional construction thresholds for NOx during 6 quarters and is not predicted to exceed the thresholds during the other 7 quarters of construction activity. The net increase in temporary emissions of NOx associated with construction-related activities represents a significant and unavoidable impact, even with implementation of LAX Master Plan Commitments and Mitigation Measures and a Projectspecific Mitigation Measure [MM-AQ (WAMA)-1] that supersedes one of the constructionrelated air quality control measures under LAX Master Plan Mitigation Measure LAX-AQ-2, LAX Master Plan - Mitigation Plan for Air Quality; Construction-Related Measures, which will further reduce emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOx). No other feasible mitigation measures were identified. All other CEQA 'impacts would be less than significant. In addition, as explained in more detail in Chapters 2 and 3 of the Final EIR, subsequent to circulation of the Draft EIR, LAWA has voluntarily chosen to adopt seven Project Design Features (PDFs) to address community concerns. These PDFs are not triggered or warranted by any significant impacts of the project (I.e., are not mitigation measures), but are added as requirements to the Project and are included in the PDFs, Commitments, and MMRP as a means to confirm they have been included in the Project. These PDF's include the following: 1. WAMA-PDF-1 Quarterly Reporting (regarding the number, time of day, duration, and specific aircraft type of all engine ground run-ups conducted at the site); 2. WAMA-PDF-2 APU Usage While Aircraft is Parked; 3. WAMA-PDF-3 Aircraft Taxiing (tugging/towing of aircraft to site); 4. WAMA-PDF-4 Aircraft Engine Ground Run-Ups (engine ground run-ups to occur at the onsite blast fence); 5. WAMA-PDF-5 Use of the WAMA Site (aircraft parking cannot normally be used for passenger boarding or deplaning); 6. WAMA-PDF-6 Automated Run-Up Monitoring System (install an aircraft engine ground run-up monitoring system); and, 7. WAMA-PDF-7 Resurfacing a Portion of Imperial Highway. These seven additional PDFs address community concerns, two Project-specific Mitigation Measures, and 63 LAX Master Plan Commitments and Mitigation Measures. All applicable mitigation measures in the MMRP of the LAX Master Plan EIR were incorporated as part of the Project to address potential impacts and to maintain consistency between this project and other ongoing projects at LAX.

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As described in detail in the Statement of Overriding Considerations, improvements under the Project will bring substantial benefits to the airport, including improved service, more modern facilities, reliability, and economic benefits. Based on the substantial evidence in the whole of the administrative record for the Project, the unavoidable significant adverse environmental impact associated with construction of the Project is acceptable in light of the specific economic, operational, legal, technological or other project benefits (such as consistency with land use plans) and outweighs the increase in temporary NOx emissions during 6 quarters of a 13~quarter period of construction and is associated with, and limited to, the initial and middle stages of construction, when grading and hangar construction would occur.

EIRlPublic Outreach Process Based on public input received by LAWA subsequent to publication of the NOPIIS in September 2012, certain refinements were made to the Project from the time of the NOPIIS and the Draft EIR. The Project was refined as follows: .. .. ..

Developed area of the site was reduced by 20 acres Aircraft maintenance hangar area was reduced from approximately 400,000 square feet to approximately 290,000 square feet of hangar bay space (floor area) Access to the site was provided via westerly extensions of Taxiway B and the extension of Taxiway C (as Taxilane C) rather than from Taxiway AA and Taxiway B.

The reduction in developed area and the change in access were made to improve visibility of aircraft from the air traffic control tower, and to remove paved apron areas from the Runway Protection Zone for Runway 7L. In addition, the Project, as refined and analyzed in the Draft EIR, no longer includes a ·ground run-up enclosure (GRE) at the project site. Working with local area stakeholders, LAWA will conduct a separate and independent airport-wide GRE siting study to determine locations on the LAX airfield that are potentially better suited for a GRE. As part of the Final EIR, LAWA has also voluntarily adopted seven Project Design Features (PDFs) to address community concerns about site operations and potential noise issues. These refinements to the project are in response to public input, coordination with FAA, and preliminary evaluation of the original project. The refinements did not materially change the basic function and purpose of the project, nor do they change the scope of the EIR analysis that was identified in the NOP/IS.

Executive Director's LAX Plan Compliance Report In accordance with the LAX Specific Plan Section 7.C, an EDR has been prepared and is attached. This report addresses the Project and includes a detailed project description, the requisite findings of fact, the requisite reports received, and a final recommendation of approval with appropriate conditions. The LAX Plan designates the project area with an Airport Airside land use deslqnation. The LAX Specific Plan designates this area within the LAX-A Zone: Airport Airside Sub-Area. The project is consistent with these designations and is compatible with the surrounding development.

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Action Requested Staff requests that the Board certify the EIR prepared for the Project, adopt the LAX Plan Compliance, further adopt the Statement of Overriding Considerations, CEQA Findings and MMRP and approve the project as described in the Final EI R.

Fiscal Impact Approving the EIR is an administrative action, no appropriation offunds is required and there will be no impact on the Operating or Capital Budget.

4. Alternatives Considered •

Take No Action Deferring this action will delay completion of planned construction projects including crossfield Taxiway T and essential improvements needed for Aircraft maintenance operations at LAX.

APPROPRIA nONS: As this is an administrative action, no appropriation of funds is required at this time.

STANDARD PROVISIONS: 1. An Environmental Impact Report (EIR) was prepared for this project in compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and the City of Los Angeles CEQA Guidelines. Pursuantto State CEQA Guidelines Section 15091(e), the location and custodian of documents and materials related to the EIR for this project is the Los Angeles World Airports, Capital Programming and Planning Division, One World Way, Suite 218B, Los Angeles, California 90045. 2. This item is subject to approval as to form by the City Attorney. 3. Actions taken on this item by the Board of Airport Commissioners will become final pursuant to the provisions of Los Angeles City Charter Section 245. 4.

This action is not subject to the provisions of the Service Contractor Worker Retention and Living Wage Ordinances.

5. This action is not subject to the provisions of the SBE Program. 6. This action is not subject to the provisions of the Affirmative Action Program. 7.

This action does not require a Business Tax Registration Certificate.

8. This action is not subject to the provisions of the Child Support Obligations Ordinance.

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9. This action is not subject to the insurance requirements of the Los Angeles World Airports. 10. This action is not subject to the provisions of City Charter Section 1022 (Use of Independent Contractors). 11. This action is not subject to the provisions of the Contractor Responsibility Program. 12. This action is not subject to the provisions of the Equal Benefits Ordinance. 13. This action is not subject to the provisions of the First Source Hiring Program. 14. This action is not subject to the provisions of Bidder Contributions CEC Form 55. Reference documents for the LAX WAMA Project are available online at http://www.ourlax.org/ under project, "Publications".

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