After nearly two years of closed-door negotiations, Newport Beach Mayor Keith Curry announced Thursday that the strict curfews governing John Wayne Airport's operations could remain in place through 2035 if a proposed airport settlement agreement extension is approved.
But limits on the number of passengers and flights that can pass through the airport would grow starting in 2021.
"This is a balanced approach that will follow the law and maintain the protection of our community," Curry said at a press conference in the Newport Beach Police Department auditorium. "Growth, after all, is part of life at the airport."
The current agreement, which resulted from a 1985 legal settlement aimed at curbing the airport's impacts on the surrounding community, is set to expire in 2015.
The city had been waiting for feedback from the Federal Aviation Administration before announcing the proposed new terms, which must toe a fine line between allowing JWA room to grow and hanging on to some of the nation's strictest airport noise and traffic restrictions.