Burbank airport officials on Monday accepted a $282,065 federal grant to conduct an extensive noise compatibility study that eventually could lead to significant planning changes, including condemnation of homes and schools near the airport.
Although the airport itself does not have power of condemnation, the study could recommend that federal funds be granted to local or state governments for such action.
The Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority in December recommended that the federally funded study explore the feasibility of 13 proposals to improve compatibility of the airport with surrounding communities.
Proposals include lengthening the airport's east-west runway to permit more flights to take off and land over Burbank and Glendale, requiring acoustical insulation in homes and schools, acquiring air rights over residential properties and relocating and condemning schools and residences.
Residents in Burbank, Glendale and the East Valley, who are demanding that flights be curtailed, charge that the airport proposals would pave the way for unlimited growth of the airport. Unlike previous studies, representatives of a broad range of groups affected by the airport will participate in the federally funded study.
Richard M. Vacar, Burbank airport noise management specialist, said the study could take one to two years to complete.
The study, which was requested by the airport authority, is authorized under the Aviation Safety and Noise Abatement Act of 1979.