In anticipation of finalizing an extension to the John Wayne Airport settlement agreement next year, the Orange County Airport Commission has approved the selection of five companies to conduct environmental impact reports.
The commission voted 4 to 0 on Wednesday to approve the contracts. Commissioner Chris Welsh was absent.
Environ International Corp., Fehr & Peers, AECOM, Landrum & Brown and BonTerra Consulting will each analyze a different aspect of how the proposed settlement agreement, which sets JWA's passenger caps and strict curfews, could affect the environment. They will look at air quality, traffic and circulation, aviation, noise and environmental impact preparation, respectively. The cost of the studies will be $955,810.
The proposed agreement, which came from negotiations between Newport Beach and certain community groups, would phase in allowances of up to 12.5 million annual passengers by 2030.