Airport Master Planning

GDB routinely supports its airport clients’ planning efforts. The firm’s attorneys are knowledgeable as to relevant advisory circulars and guidance from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), and have experience working with various aviation consultants regarding existing and forecasted airport capacity and demand, as well as engineers responsible for the design of airport layout plans and airport master plans.

The adoption and amendment of airport plans typically require some form of environmental review. GDB’s attorneys advise airport owners and operators on the necessary CEQA and NEPA compliance for such planning efforts, and assist with related permitting issues. For example, the firm provides counsel on the intersection of airport planning with the California Coastal Act; the National Historic Preservation Act; regional water quality standards and permitting requirements; and regional air quality management district rules and permitting requirements.

The firm also assists its clients with inter-agency issues that often arise with neighboring jurisdictions, like cities and counties, and metropolitan planning organizations, particularly as to transportation and multi-modal access planning. GDB’s attorneys further advise airports on compliance with pertinent federal laws and regulations, such as the Airport Noise and Capacity Act of 1990 and the FAA’s grant assurances and revenue diversion policy; assist with the negotiation of on-airport lease issues and the implementation of sound insulation programs; and provide support on other airport-related planning issues.