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Draft Environmental Impact Report and Airport Land Use Compatibility Plan for NASNI Released for Public Review

The Airport Authority has prepared a Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR), Notice of Availability (NOA), and a Draft Airport Land Use Compatibility Plan (ALUCP) for Naval Air Station North Island (NASNI). A copy of the documents are available for review here on the San Diego International Airport website (see links below). The public comment/review period for the DEIR and Draft ALUCP ends and comments are due by 5:00 PM on Tuesday, February 18, 2020. Comments can be submitted to, via mail (SDCRAA, P.O. Box 82776, San Diego, CA 92138-2776) or hand delivered to the Airport Authority Administration Building (3225 N. Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101).

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  • ALUCPs 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.
  • NASNI must be consistent with the safety and noise standards in 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 near airports. Existing land uses and buildings don’t need to be modified to comply.
  • The primary goals of an ALUCP are to avoid increases in residential density (number of dwelling units) and nonresidential intensity (number of people in a given area) and to not add new risk- or noise-sensitive land uses such as nursing homes, large day-care facilities and hospitals in areas around airports.
  • Existing homes do not have to be retrofitted to meet interior noise reduction standards. Those standards only apply when structures are reconstructed or expanded by more than 50 percent of the existing habitable space.
  • Construction of a new single-family home and an accessory unit such as a "granny flat" on an existing legal lot zoned for residential use within the 65 dB CNEL noise contour are compatible with the ALUCP if the interior living space meets noise reduction standards.
  • Local permitting agencies like the City of Coronado, not the property owner or developer, are responsible for coordinating ALUC review of proposed projects.
  • The ALUC does not issue or deny development permits, but rather makes determinations of consistency with the ALUCP for each project. The findings from the ALUC’s determination can either be accepted or overruled by the local agency. In fact, a local agency can accept, reject in part or reject in entirety the ALUCP.