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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.

An ALUCP is a guidance document used by local agencies and property owners to promote land uses in the vicinity of airports that are compatible with airport operations. ALUCPs protect airports from encroachment by new incompatible land uses that could restrict airport operations. ALUCPs protect the health, safety and welfare of people on the ground and their property by providing noise and safety standards and disclosure of overflight. ALUCPs also protect aircraft in flight by managing hazards to navigable airspace. ALUCPs do not govern airport operations, master planning or potential expansion. ALUCPs only cover compatible land uses off-airport and do not affect uses on airport property. 
The ALUC is the body designated by State law to produce ALUCPs in accordance with State agency and statutory guidance through a collaborative, community outreach process. Since 2003, the San Diego 

County Regional Airport Authority (SDCRAA), the operator of San Diego International Airport, has been the ALUC for San Diego county. Prior to that time, the ALUC function was handled by SANDAG, the San Diego Association of Governments, a regional transportation planning agency. By law, the ALUC adopts and administers an ALUCP for each public-use and military airport within its jurisdiction. There are a total of 16 such airports within San Diego county. 

The ALCUP designates an Airport Influence Area (AIA) within which compatibility factors apply based upon the size, layout and operations of the airport. The ALUC reviews local agency land use projects, plans, and regulations to ensure that they are consistent with the adopted ALUCP. A local agency includes any city, the unincorporated county, school district, community college district, or special district (such as utility or maintenance district) that has land use permitting authority. Whenever these agencies review permits or plans or take other regulatory actions, they refer those matters to the ALUC for a determination of consistency with the adopted ALUCP. The local agency then incorporates that determination and any conditions into the project design, plan, or regulations.
By State law, once an ALUCP is adopted, affected local agencies must modify, as applicable, their general/master plan and zoning code to be consistent with the ALUCP. Alternatively, the local agency may refer all land use projects, plans, and regulations to the ALUC for a consistency determination of each action. The local agency may choose to overrule the ALUCP entirely or in part, as well as any individual ALUC determination, if it makes certain statutory findings and notices them within a specified timeline, by a two-thirds vote of its governing body (such as a city council or school board).
ALUCPs do not apply to existing land uses. Even if existing uses do not meet ALUCP compatibility criteria, they may continue to exist so long as they remain the same and are not intensified. ALUCPs only apply to newly proposed development or redevelopment of property within the AIA.
The State of California mandated that each county create an ALUC with the authority to adopt ALUCPs in 1970. SANDAG was the original ALUC for San Diego county, and it adopted ALUCPs for certain airports during its tenure as the ALUC. With advances in technology, changes in airport operations and fleets, and revised guidance from the State, new ALUCPs have been necessary and gradually adopted to replace outdated plans from the past. As changes continue to occur, the newer ALUCPs are also revised and amended to reflect appropriate implementation strategies.
Of the 16 public-use and military airports within ALUC jurisdiction, all but two currently have adopted ALUCPs. The airports with adopted ALUCPs consist of six rural airports whose ALUCPs were adopted in 2006 (Agua Caliente Airstrip, Borrego Valley Airport, Fallbrook Community Airpark, Jacumba Airstrip, Ocotillo Airstrip, and Ramona Airport), two U. S. Marine Corps airfield ALUCPs adopted in 2008 (MCAS Camp Pendleton and MCAS Miramar), and five urban airport ALUCPs adopted in 2010 (Brown Field Municipal Airport, Gillespie Field, Montgomery Field, McClellan-Palomar Airport, and Robert Maxwell Oceanside Municipal Airport). The ALUCP for San Diego International Airport (SAN) was adopted by SANDAG in 1992. ALUC staff has prepared a new ALUCP for SAN through a public process over the course of the last few years, and it is to be presented for adoption by the ALUC in February 2014. The remaining ALUCPs to be prepared are for the two U.S. Navy airfields in San Diego county: Naval Outlying Landing Field Imperial Beach (NOLF IB) and Naval Air Station North Island (NASNI).
The Air Installations Compatible Use Zones (AICUZ) study is a document prepared by the Department of Defense for military airfields. It establishes standards of compatibility for land uses based upon noise exposure contours and accident potential safety zones. By State law, the ALUCP for a military airport must be consistent with the noise and safety compatibility standards established by the AICUZ. The most recent AICUZ for the U.S. Navy facilities was released to the public in 2012. As the ALUC, SDCRAA is currently engaging in developing ALUCPs for the Navy airports based upon the AICUZ.
Additional information, including the complete ALUCPs which have been adopted, is available online. To be placed on an interest list for ALUCP meeting notices, offer comments or ask other questions, please e-mail


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 San Diego County Regional Airport Authority 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 Authority has updated the tool to make use of newer technologies. The use of the web-application is covered by certain specific terms of use. For the full copy of the End-User License Agreement (EULA), click here.

The new Tool can be accessed here.

GIS Data

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 to request AutoCAD files.

** Fallbrook- Please contact Planning staff at 619-400-2464.

Data Disclaimer

SDCRAA disclaims any responsibility for the accuracy or correctness of the data. Users understand and agree: to independently evaluate and bear all risks associated with the use of any content, that users may not rely on any said content, and that under no circumstances will the SDCRAA be liable in any way for any content or for any loss or damage of any kind incurred as a result of the use of any data posted. Users acknowledge that SDCRAA has the right (but not the obligation) in its sole discretion to refuse, delete or remove any data.


In no event shall SDCRAA become liable to users of these data, or any other party, for any loss or damages, consequential or otherwise, including but not limited to time, money, or goodwill, arising from the use, operation or modification of the data. In using these data, users further agree to indemnify, defend, and hold harmless SDCRAA for any and all liability of any nature arising out of or resulting from the lack of accuracy or correctness of the data, or the use of the data

To assist SDCRAA in the maintenance of the data, users should provide SDCRAA, at the address, phone number, or email address shown below, information concerning errors or discrepancies found in using the data.

Attn: Airport Planning
PO Box 82776
San Diego, CA 92138-2776

In using the data, users should be aware that these data are generalized and not parcel based, and were created for use in regional airport planning documents.

Please acknowledge SDCRAA as a source when SDCRAA data are used in the preparation of reports, papers, publications, maps, and other products.

To ensure that appropriate documentation and data limitations are provided, these databases should not be redistributed to any other parties.

Consistency Determination

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.

ALUC Application for Determination of Consistency

FAA Form FAA 7460-1

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:

Preliminary Project Review


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 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.


 MCAS Miramar GIS Data

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 GIS Data San Diego International Airport