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Vision Study Provides Opportunity to Guide the Future for Van Nuys Airport

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Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) has embarked upon a Vision Study that would explore potential changes to the Van Nuys Airport’s land use designations, in order to more equitably and sustainably utilize airport property to support a mix of aviation and non-aviation uses.

For more than 75 years, the Van Nuys Airport has been a pillar of the San Fernando Valley community and the Southern California economy, supporting more than 10,000 jobs and over 200 businesses across 730 acres of airport land. In addition to being utilized by travelers and tourists, the airport supports fire, police, air ambulances, and search and rescue operations.

To ensure the long-term viability and continued success of Van Nuys Airport, the airport team has partnered with community groups to chart out a future plan for this Vision Study to ensure that the airport’s future operations function in harmony with the interests of the business and neighboring communities, across the San Fernando Valley.

Serving as an initial step of a multi-year planning process, the Vision Study focuses on identifying land use recommendations for the City to consider. These recommendations will be reviewed as the City embarks on later updates to Los Angeles’s zoning regulations that will eventually govern future development decisions as it relates to housing, industrial, and commercial development across the Northeastern portion of the San Fernando Valley.

“The Vision Study is our opportunity to proactively inform how we as a community of business and residential stakeholders can come together to identify ways to incorporate technologies, further embrace sustainable aviation, and enhance Van Nuys Airport’s longstanding position as a regional jobs base,” said Paul Herrera, Airport Manager, Van Nuys Airport.

As part of the Vision Study, the airport is exploring new buffers between the airport and some nearby residents as well as co-locating certain airport operations to more efficiently utilize airport property. These recommendations along with others are intended to elevate Van Nuys Airport’s standing and role as a nationwide leader in general aviation and a strong community partner.

By incorporating feedback from local community members, businesses, airport stakeholders and elected officials, the Vision Study endeavors to enhance VNY’s land use strategy, considering compatibility with the surrounding communities while recognizing the needs of airport tenants and other important stakeholders.

To date, there have been several public meetings, in-person and virtual, across the Valley.

In these meetings, airport staff listened to feedback and presented three initial alternatives, which have subsequently been consolidated into a revised set of recommendations. These recommendations will be further refined in the coming months, as airport staff goes back out to the community to solicit additional input and feedback prior to finalizing a set of recommendations for the Board of Airport Commissioners to consider. The final document will then be transmitted to Los Angeles City Planning to consider prior to implementing new zoning.

LAWA will hold additional meetings and presentations for local stakeholder groups, as well as the VNY Citizens Advisory Council and Van Nuys Airport Association. There will be multiple opportunities for members of the community to make their voices heard and to submit feedback in a meeting or through the next online survey which will be open for comment this fall.

Community members can stay up-to-date with the Vision Study process by visiting iflyvny.com/vision-study. For inquiries or comments about the VNY Vision Study, individuals are encouraged to reach out to LAWA via email at vnyvisionstudy@lawa.org.


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