Land Use Compatibility
The Airport Land Use Commission (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