The Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority has voted to form two advisory committees composed of a wide range of representatives from public agencies and homeowner groups to explore proposals to make the airport more compatible with surrounding communities.
More than 100 people are expected to serve on the committees, which will study airport noise and environmental problems.
A $282,065 federal grant was awarded the airport in January to conduct the study, which is expected to take 18 months to two years, said Richard M. Vacar, Burbank Airport noise specialist. Guidelines for the study have been developed by the consulting firm of Peat, Marwick, Mitchell & Co. of Los Angeles.
The federal government allowed the airport authority to determine how to conduct the study. The authority, in choosing to form two committees, is seeking wider community and governmental participation, members said.
Broad Base Sought
"The attempt is to get as broad a base of representation as possible," authority President Robert Garcin said.
The study could lead to significant planning changes, including soundproofing and condemnation of homes and schools near the airport, Vacar said.