The 192 acre Santa Monica Airport land and structures are publicly owned by the City of Santa Monica. On July 1, 2015, the City's agreement with the U.S. Federal Government to operate the Santa Monica Airport expired, giving rise to one of the most important opportunities to positively shape our local community for generations.
The City and residents had already begun to transform the land and facilities into parks and open spaces dedicated to public recreation, cultural, arts, and educational uses. However, aviation industry lobbyists, partnered with real estate development interest, have had a different vision for an airport city with high density commercial and industrial uses. Today they continue to engage in multiple lawsuits to maintain aircraft operations, perpetuating the negative impacts of aircraft pollution, noise, and dangers.
In January 2017, the FAA and the City of Santa Monica reached a settlement to end some of the litigation over the future of the Santa Monica Airport. The monumental agreement allowed the City to shorten the airport runway to 3,500 feet in January 2018, and to close the airport to all aeronautical use after December 31, 2028.
While aviation interests continue to initiate and engage in litigation into the 2020's, the City has now shortened the runway, is expanding acreage already transitioned to park uses, and continues the planning process for remaining acreage to transition to park and open spaces.
The City of Santa Monica together with our local community now has the undeniable opportunity to transform the airport land to public park and community spaces for all to use and enjoy. Please join us and help to shape the future of our SMO land.