In 2014, Santa Monica voters overwhelmingly supported Measure Local Control (Measure LC) to prohibit new development on Airport land, except for parks, public open spaces and public recreational facilities without voter approval and to affirm the City Council's authority to manage Airport land. In 2017, the City Council reached a historic agreement with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) that allows the closure of SMO after December 31, 2028.
Desired outcomes: Place & Planet, Health, Community
Recently, the FAA heard a legal case involving the Santa Monica Airport. The FAA took nearly two years, including four extensions, to finally render its decision on December 4, 2015.
According to the FAA decision, the city must continue to adhere to federal grant assurances and operate the airport accordingly until 2023.
The city is committed to continuing the fight for local control over the airport land and to reducing the environmental impacts of airport operations.