The San Diego County Regional Airport Authority (Authority) is committed to protecting the safety and welfare of the general public and the ability of airports to operate now and in the future. One of the Authority's responsibilities is to serve as the Airport Land Use Commission (ALUC) for San Diego County.
The ALUC is responsible for adopting Airport Land Use Compatibility Plans (ALUCPs) for sixteen public-use and military airports in San Diego County. ALUCPs provide guidance on appropriate land uses surrounding airports to protect the health and safety of people and property within the vicinity of an airport, as well as the public in general.
An ALUCP focuses on a defined area around each airport known as the Airport Influence Area (AIA). The AIA is comprised of noise, safety, airspace protection and overflight factors, in accordance with guidance from the California Airport Land Use Planning Handbook published by the California Department of Transportation, Division of Aeronautics.
The ALUC has no jurisdiction over the operation of airports or over existing land uses, regardless of whether or not such uses are incompatible with airport activities. Once ALUCPs have been adopted by the ALUC, local agencies with land located within the AIA boundary for any of the airports must, by law, amend their planning documents to conform to the applicable ALUCP.
However, if a local agency makes special findings in accordance with state law, it can override the ALUCPs with a two-thirds vote.
By providing direction to local agencies in their land use decisions, ALUCPs help maintain the nation’s air transportation infrastructure by protecting airports from encroachment by incompatible land uses that could restrict their operations. Protecting airport operations is also a benefit to the local economy and will preserve jobs and industry that are supported, directly and indirectly, by airport operations.
The process for developing and adopting an ALUCP involves a number of steps. Public input is an important part of the process, and is sought at key milestones along the way.
Airport Land Use Compatibility Plans (ALUCPs) have been adopted for six rural airports, two military installations, five urban airports and San Diego International Airport. The ALUCPs for NOLF Imperial Beach and NAS North Island will be completed in the future.
Below are links to the adopted ALUCPs. For plans or projects deemed complete prior to the dates listed below, please contact ALUC staff at 619-400-2462.
The San Diego County Regional Airport Authority (SDCRAA) has developed an ALUCP Mapping Tool to assist local agencies and project applicants with assessing how the adopted Airport Land Use Compatibility Plans (ALUCPs) affect properties in the vicinity of airports in San Diego County. The Tool can be accessed here with the following login information:
In addition, the digital boundary files and layers that the Tool is based on can be downloaded at no cost. The files have been organized by airport categories below.
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Attn: Airport Planning
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San Diego, CA 92138-2776
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Projects requiring a determination of consistency with an Airport Land Use Compatibility Plan must submit an Application for Determination of Consistency for consideration by the Airport Land Use Commission (ALUC). Applications are only accepted from the local agency having permit authority over the project. If required, the project will be scheduled for consideration at an ALUC hearing, which occurs on the first Thursday of each month.
Application for Determination of Consistency
Below are supplemental documents that may be of use for projects requiring an Application for Determination of Consistency:
Proposed projects that require input from ALUC staff prior to formal submittal to a local agency can submit a request for a “Preliminary Project Review”. This review helps applicants obtain the answers in order to determine the feasibility of a project with respect to the applicable Airport Land Use Compatibility Plan(s). Submission of the Preliminary Project Review form is voluntary and does not constitute an application to the Airport Land Use Commission for a consistency determination. Any information provided by ALUC staff to an applicant is advisory and not binding on the Airport Land Use Commission.
Preliminary Project Review Form