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Airport Land Use Commission

What is the ALUC?

Each county in California that includes an airport served by a scheduled airline or operated for the benefit of the general public must establish an airport land use commission. (California Public Utilities Code section 21670).

The state legislature's purpose in requiring these commissions was to "protect public health, safety, and welfare by ensuring the orderly expansion of airports and the adoption of land use measures that minimize the public's exposure to the extent that these areas are not already devoted to incompatible uses."

Appointment of commission

The commission in every county is appointed as follows:

  • 2 representing the county, appointed by board of supervisors
  • 2 representing cities in the county, appointed by a committee of all mayors, except that at least one representative must be appointed from among "any cities contiguous or adjacent to the qualifying airport" (i.e., an airport served by a scheduled airline or one operated for the benefit of the general public).
  • 2 with expertise in aviation, appointed by a committee of the managers of all public airports within the county
  • 1 representing the general public, appointed by the other six members of the commission.

Powers and duties

Public Utilities Code section 21674:

(a) To assist local agencies in ensuring compatible land uses in the vicinity of all new airports and in the vicinity of existing airports to the extent that the land in the vicinity of those airports is not already devoted to incompatible uses.

(b) To coordinate planning at the state, regional, and local levels so as to provide for the orderly development of air transportation, while at the same time protecting the public health, safetey, and welfare.

(c) To prepare and adopt an airport land use plan pursuant to section 21675. [Section 21675(a): The commission plan shall include and shall be based on a long-range master plan or an airport layout plan, as determined by the Division of Aeronautics of the Department of Transportation, that reflects the anticipated growth of the airport during at least the next 20 years. The plan must be guided by the "Airport Land Use Planning Handbook" published by the Division of Aeronautics, Department of Transportation. (s. 21674.7)]

(d) To review the plans, regulations, and other actions of local agencies and airport operators pursuant to section 21676. [Section 21676 provides that local agencies whose general plan includes areas covered by an airport land use commission plan must submit a copy of its plan or specific plans to the commission. Before amending a general or specific plan or adopting a zoning ordinance that overlaps with the commission's plan boundaries, the local agency must first refer the proposed action to the commission.

In addition, any public agency owning an airport within the commission's plan boundaries must submit to the commission any proposed modification of its airport master plan. If the commission determines that any of the preceding proposed actions are inconsistent with the commission's plan, the local agency may, after a public hearing, overrule the commission by a two-thirds vote of its governing body if it makes specific findings that the proposed action is consistent with the purposes stated in Public Utilities Code section 21670. Thereafter the proposed action is not subject to review by the commission.]

(e) The powers of the commission shall in no way be construed to give the commission jurisdiction over the operation of any airport.

(f) In order to carry out its responsibilities, the commission may adopt rules and regulations consistent with this article."