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  • Airport land use compatibility plans (ALUCPs) are designed to reconcile land development and airport operations. To the extent possible, they seek to balance the safety and welfare of the general public, and the ability of airports to operate safely.
  • The San Diego County Regional Airport Authority Board, acting as the Airport Land Use Commission (ALUC), is required by state law to prepare an ALUCP for every public and military airport in San Diego County.
  • The ALUCP for Naval Air Station North Island (NASNI) must be based on the Air Installation Compatible Use Zones (AICUZ) study that was prepared by the U.S. Navy.
  • ALUCPs provide land-use guidance for new development/redevelopment (only) near airports. Existing land uses don’t need to be modified to comply.
  • The primary goal of any ALUCP is to keep land use incompatibility from getting any worse than it was at the time the ALUCP was adopted. This means avoiding increases in residential density and nonresidential intensity (number of people in a given area), and not adding risk-sensitive land uses such as nursing homes, large day care facilities and hospitals.
  • Existing homes do not have to be retrofitted to meet noise reduction standards. Those standards only apply when structures are reconstructed or expanded by more than 50 percent.
  • Construction of a single-family home (and accessory unit such as a “granny flat”) on an existing lot zoned residential is not affected by an ALUCP.
  • The local jurisdictions within the Airport Influence Area for the ALUCP, including the City of Coronado, are responsible for coordinating ALUC review of proposed projects, not the property owner or developer.
  • The ALUC cannot issue or deny development permits. The findings from the ALUC’s project review can be either accepted or overruled by the local jurisdiction. In fact, a local jurisdiction can accept, reject in part or reject in entirety the ALUCP.
  • Regarding the Hotel del Coronado, the NASNI ALUCP will have no effect on reconstruction of existing or vested developments.

Community Meetings

The Airport Authority hosts informational community meetings throughout the ALUCP planning process.


Freqently Asked Questions

About the ALUCP

The San Diego County Regional Airport Authority (Airport Authority) is preparing the Airport Land Use Compatibility Plan (ALUCP) for Naval Air Station North Island (NASNI). The ALUCP will play an important role in ensuring that new development and certain changes in existing development in the vicinity of NASNI are compatible with Naval aviation operations and is safe for people on the ground and aircraft in flight.


AICUZ study is an information document intended to achieve compatibility between Navy air installations and neighboring communities.