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NOTICE OF THE PREPARATION OF AN EIR ADDENDUM:

Following Monterey Peninsula Airport District (District) certification of the Airport Master Plan Final Environmental Impact Report (AMP EIR) (SCH #2015121105) and adoption of the Mitigation Monitoring and Reporting Program (MMRP), Findings, and a Statement of Overriding Considerations under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) (Public Resources Code Sections 21000 et seq.) on November 26, 2018, the District approved the AMP EIR’s environmentally Superior Alternative (Alternative 1) as the Monterey Regional Airport Master Plan (AMP or Approved Project).

Since then, the Airport has determined that minor changes and modifications to the approved AMP are beneficial.  These minor changes and modifications to the Approved Project generally involve:

(1) Relocation of the aircraft rescue and firefighting (ARFF) facility would be moved from the AMP’s Phase One of the short‐term program to Phase Two.  To ensure consistency with City of Monterey general plan and neighborhood plan policies, once relocated, the ARFF would no longer be a joint‐use facility with the City of Monterey but would be used only for on‐airport emergencies.

(2) Improvements for a northeast vehicle service road would be constructed in the short‐term program.  A proposed public connection from the existing east vehicle service road to Del Rey Gardens Drive would be moved from the AMP’s short‐term program to the long‐term program.

(3) Public access to the north side general aviation (GA) area would continue to occur via Airport Road in the short term.  Approved improvements occurring to approximately 1,600 linear feet of airport vehicle service road from the existing east vehicle service road to the terminus of Airport Road at the north GA apron (as discussed above in Item 2) would provide a construction haul route and a service road to the north GA area from both sides of the Airport but would be gated and not available for public access.

In compliance with CEQA and the State CEQA Guidelines, District staff has evaluated the environmental ramifications of the Project’s proposed minor modifications to the approved AMP.  Based on the results of that evaluation, an Addendum (August 2020) to the previously certified AMP EIR has been prepared in accordance with State CEQA Guidelines Section 15164.  The proposed Project modifications are discussed in Section 4 of the Addendum.  Addendum link.

The Monterey Peninsula Airport District Board will consider the Addendum and proposed Project modifications at their regularly scheduled meeting on August 12, 2020.  Public notice link. 

Use this link to see the Board packet: https://montereyairport.specialdistrict.org/2020-08-12-board-of-directors-meeting

MONTEREY REGIONAL AIRPORT AIRPORT MASTER PLAN EIR:

The Monterey Peninsula Airport District Board approved the following resolutions regarding the Monterey Regional Airport Master Plan EIR and Airport Master Plan Project on November 26, 2018:

  1. Resolution No. 1730 to approve and certify the Final Environmental Impact Report (EIR), the Mitigation Monitoring and Reporting Program, and related CEQA Findings and Statement of Overriding Considerations for the Monterey Regional Airport Master Plan.
  1. Resolution No. 1731 to approve Alternative 1 as the Monterey Regional Airport Master Plan.  The Airport Master Plan will provide a development framework to implement improvements that will enable the Airport to accommodate future demand for air travel in the region, enhance airport safety, incorporate airport sustainability goals, and increase airport self-sustainability.

Please use the following link to access that meeting information: https://montereyairport.specialdistrict.org/2018-11-26-board-of-directors-special-meeting

Short-term Approved Project components addressed within the AMP EIR at the project-specific level included a multi-phased airfield safety enhancement project comprised of the following:

  • Construct a new “north side” road, which would extend from Del Rey Gardens Drive in Del Rey Oaks (off Highway 218) to the northeast side of the Airport and discontinue access through the Casanova Oak Knoll Neighborhood Association (CONA) neighborhood for areas east of Gate 22;
  • Relocate 44 general aviation (GA) tenants and a fuel tank from the southeast side of the Airport to the north side of the Airport;
  • Add up to seven new GA hangars on the north side of the Airport;
  • Relocate the existing ARFF building and build an ARFF service road to the primary runway;
  • Relocate the commercial terminal and necessary apron pavement;
  • Construct a terminal vehicular surface parking lot and associated terminal roadway improvements;
  • Close Taxiway “K” at its connection with the new commercial terminal apron;
  • Implement a 52.5-foot southerly shift of 1,850 linear feet (lf) of Taxiway “A” and associated lighting, signage, and markings;
  • Remark hold lines on Taxiway “A” at Taxiway Connectors “G” and “J” to a 250-foot separation from the Runway 10L-28R centerline;
  • Install taxiway “islands” at Taxiway Connectors “G” and “J”; and
  • Construct replacement vehicular surface parking along Fred Kane Drive.

Two other short-term Approved Project components were:

  • Acquire a 5.5-acre private parcel near the proposed relocated commercial terminal complex; and
  • Construct a Highway 68 frontage cul-de-sac road.

The long-term Approved Project components (programmatic) addressed within the AMP EIR included:

  • Construct 106 new GA hangars on the north side of the Airport;
  • Redevelop the existing GA (small aircraft) hangar area (no increase in use intensity);
  • Redevelop the existing airport industrial area (no increase in use intensity);
  • Construct non-aviation uses on the north side of the Airport (north of Airport Road);
  • Construct non-aviation uses on the south side of the Airport (north of Highway 68);
  • Upgrade the perimeter fence;
  • Construct a consolidated maintenance building;
  • Acquire runway protection zone (RPZ) land (20 acres);
  • Acquire RPZ avigation easement (14 acres); and
  • Extend Taxiway “B” to the Runway 28L threshold and construct geometry improvements for Taxiways “G,” “K,” “L, and “M.”

updated: 8/7/20