Chances of the former El Toro Marine Corps Air Station in Orange County, Calif., becoming a vital part of the National Airspace System–seemingly killed by a referendum last year–have been revived by a city of Los Angeles proposal. The proposal would have the federal government retain the base and lease it to Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA), operator of Los Angeles International, Van Nuys, Palmdale and Ontario international airports.
Plans for a regional airport at the former El Toro Marine Corps Air Station in Orange County, Calif., face a hurdle in the form of an initiative on the March 6 election ballot that would specifically bar any aviation-related use of the base. Despite the electoral challenge, the county is proceeding with El Toro Airport development.
The Orange County, Calif. board of supervisors has certified an environmental impact study and master plan for reuse of the former El Toro Marine Corps Air Station following receipt of an FAA report stating that a commercial airport on the site can be operated safely. The U.S. Navy, current owner of the property, and the FAA have up to six months from October 26 to issue a decision finalizing the process.
After a ballot initiative stripped the former El Toro Marine Corps air station in Orange County, Calif., of airport zoning, backers are seeking a heart transplant for the airport through a lawsuit to have the initiative ruled unconstitutional. Meanwhile, proponents of a modified El Toro Airport plan are collecting signatures in hopes of putting an authorizing initiative on the November general election ballot.