Los Angeles World Airports has proposed the Los Angeles International Airport Northside Plan Update Project to permit up to 2.32 million square feet of new employment, retail, education, civic, airport support, recreation and buffer uses on approximately 340 acres located north of the LAX north airfield.

The proposed project would also permit areas for recreational and buffer uses and would allow uses and development rights to be transferred within limited areas of the site, not to exceed specified development, environmental, and design constraints. Implementation of the proposed project may also include a “street vacation” of Cum Laude Avenue.

An initial study has been prepared to help identify which areas of the environment the LAX Northside Plan Update may potentially significantly impact.

LAWA has determined, based on this initial study and analysis completed in the LAX Master Plan Environmental Impact Report (EIR) that the implementation of the project would have potentially significant impacts on aesthetics, air quality, biological resources, cultural resources, geology/soils, greenhouse gas emissions, hazards and hazardous materials, hydrology/water quality, land use/planning, noise, population/housing, public services, recreation, transportation, utilities/services, and mandatory findings of significance.

Therefore, an EIR will be prepared for the project that will further evaluate these issues, airport officials say. Impacts to agricultural resources and mineral resources have been found to be less than significant and will be addressed in the “Impacts to be Found to be Less than Significant” section of the EIR, they said.

LAWA will hold two scoping meetings to present the project and receive public comments. The content of each scoping meeting will be the same. The scoping meetings will be held as follows:

Wednesday, April 18 from 6 to 8 p.m. and Saturday, April 21 from 10 a.m. to noon.

Visitors can arrive at any time to speak one-on-one with LAWA staff and project consultants.

Meetings will be held at the St. Bernard High School gym, 9100 Falmouth Ave., Playa del Rey.

All comments will be considered in the preparation of the EIR. Written comments must be submitted during the 30-day public review period, which ends on Friday, May 4, and written comments should be postmarked by that date.

Mail written comments to: Herb Glasgow, chief of Airport Planning I, city of Los Angeles, Los Angeles World Airports, 1 World Way, Room 218B, Los Angeles, CA 90045. (424) 646-5180, or e-mail: laxnorthside@lawa.org.

A copy of the initial study prepared for the proposed project is available for review at the Westchester-Loyola Village Branch Public Library, 7114 W. Manchester Ave., Westchester, and on the project website at laxnorthside.org.