Q. What is the role of the Airport Land Use Commission (ALUC)?
A. ALUC is mandated by Public Utility Code Section 21670 et seq. to ensure that developments are compatible with airports. ALUC achieves this by adopting and implementing Compatibility Plans for each of the airports in the County.
Q. What is an Airport Land Use Compatibility Plan (ALUCP)?
A. ALUCP delineates Airport Influence Areas and identifies Compatibility Zones surrounding airports. It also provides criteria and policies regulating developments around airports, which include density, intensity, open space, prohibited and discouraged uses, and height restrictions.
Q. What is an Airport Influence Area (AIA)?
A. An identified area surrounding the airport where potential impacts related to aircraft can occur.
Q. When is ALUC review required?
A. ALUC review is required when a project is located within the boundaries of an Airport Influence Area and the local jurisdiction’s General Plan has not yet been found consistent with the appropriate Airport Land Use Compatibility Plan. ALUC review is also required when a local jurisdiction processes a legislative action like a General Plan Amendment, Specific Plan Amendment, Zone Change, or Zoning Ordinance. Note that ALUC does not have any jurisdiction over on-site airport operations.
Q. How long does ALUC review take?
A. There are two case review types: staff administrative review and commission review. Staff administrative review takes approximately 30 days from application submittal. Commission review takes approximately 45 days from application submittal to Commission hearing meeting.
Q. What are some of the issues that ALUC review? How is this different to Planning Departments?
A. ALUC has a very narrow scope when reviewing projects, and these are limited to airport land use compatibility issues only such as: density/intensity, open area provision, prohibited/discouraged uses, height obstructions, aircraft noise, and hazards to flight. Non-airport related issues such as traffic congestion, air quality, aesthetics, and economic impacts are the responsibility of the local jurisdiction Planning Department.