The Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously Friday to virtually halt all construction at Van Nuys Airport until the city completes a long-awaited plan to develop the airfield over the next 20 years.
The council approved, in essence, a building moratorium that will last for two years but provides exceptions for projects currently under way and allows the City Council the power to grant other exceptions on a case by case basis. The restrictions take effect in about two weeks.
The moratorium had been called for by airport officials and neighbors, who say tight controls are needed while the city drafts an airport master plan.
Covering 725 acres in the northwest corner of Van Nuys, the airport has never had a master plan, relying instead on a patchwork of zoning regulations contained in five separate community development plans.