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.
Below are links to the Airport Land Use Compatibility Plans (ALUCPs) with date of adoption.
For plans or projects deemed complete prior to the dates listed below, please contact ALUC staff at 619-400-2464.
The new Tool can be accessed here.
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.
The GIS shapefiles (.shp) available for download on this page can be opened using ESRI ArcGIS. You can also use ESRI ArcGIS to convert these GIS files to AutoCAD files (.dwg).
If you don’t have ESRI ArcGIS but have AutoCAD, you can contact ALUC staff at ALUCapp@san.org to request AutoCAD files.
** Fallbrook- Please contact Planning staff at 619-400-2464.
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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. ALUC staff has the authority to issue consistency determinations for applications that are compatible with all four ALUCP compatibility factors and do not require any conditions, and also for applications where conditions are required by the ALUCP for any factor. If a project is incompatible with any one of the factors, the consistency determination will be made by the ALUC at a noticed public meeting, which are held on the third Thursday of each month (August excepted).
ALUC Application for Determination of Consistency
In addition to filing a Form FAA 7460-1- Notice of Proposed Construction or Alteration for a proposed structure, you must file a separate Form FAA 7460-1 if a crane is required for construction. Please note- if a crane is needed to build the project, a Form 7460-1 would still need to be filed by the crane operator prior to start of construction.
Below are supplemental documents that may be of use for projects requiring an Application for Determination of Consistency:
ALUC staff can advise development sponsors during due diligence planning about the applicability of ALUCPs to a prospective project site. To obtain information, please send an email to ALUCapp@san.org with the Assessor’s Parcel Number(s) (APNs) and proposed development details (e.g., type of land use(s), number of dwelling units, etc.). There is no requirement or fee to consult ALUC staff prior to submitting your project to a local agency. This consultation does not constitute an application for determination of consistency with an ALUCP. Any information provided by ALUC staff regarding applicability of ALUCPs to prospective development is advisory and not binding on the ALUC.