Los Angeles World Airports, the city agency that operates Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and three other regional airports, has scheduled two public scoping meetings next month to discuss the Notice of Preparation of a Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the LAX Specific Plan Amendment Study.

The first meeting is scheduled from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, May 7th, with presentations at 6:15 and 7:30 p.m. The second meeting is scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 10th, with presentations at 9:15 and 10:30 a.m.

The meetings will be held in the Proud Bird Restaurant, 11022 Aviation Blvd., Westchester.

The proposed project consists of a Specific Plan Amendment Study, including related amendments to the adopted LAX Plan and LAX Specific Plan.

Potential amendments will be identified through evaluation of potential alternative designs, technologies and configurations for the LAX Master Plan Program that will provide solutions to the problems that certain LAX Master Plan projects, referred to as the “Yellow Light” projects, were designed to address, airport officials said.

The designs are consistent with a practical capacity of LAX at 78.9 million annual passengers, the same practical capacity as included in the approved LAX Master Plan, officials said.

Yellow Light projects are subject to particular approval procedures in the LAX Specific Plan and include the following:

— Develop a Ground Transportation Center;

— Construct an Automated People Mover 2 from the Ground Transportation Center to the Central Terminal Area;

— Demolish Central Terminal Area terminals 1, 2 and 3;

— Reconfigure the runway, including center taxiways; and

— Make on-site road improvements associated with the Ground Transportation Center and Automated People Mover.

Potential environmental effects that may result from the proposed alternatives include aesthetics, air quality, biological resources, hazards and hazardous materials, hydrology/water quality, land use/ planning, noise, public services, transportation/traffic and public utilities, airport officials said.

The Notice of Preparation is available online at www.OurLAX .org/, “Specific Plan Amendment Study,” and is posted in the office of the Los Angeles City Clerk and on the desk of the Los Angeles County Clerk. For more information or to request a copy, (310) 646-7690.

Responses to the Notice of Preparation should be received no later than Wednesday, June 18th. Responses should be sent to Herb Glasgow, senior city planner, City of Los Angeles World Airports, 1 World Way, Room 218, Los Angeles 90045.

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