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"Updates required for McClellan-Palomar Airport's land use compatibility plan"

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Updates required for airport's land use compatibility plan
By Christina Macone-Greene
The Encinitas (CA) Coast News

CARLSBAD - At a recent City Council meeting, a unanimous passing vote was
cast approving a General Plan amendment for McClellan-Palomar Airport's land
use compatibility. Corey Funk, associate planner for the city of Carlsbad,
made the presentation.
Although the current Compatibility Plan was adopted in 2010, and is in
effect already, certain language and state law requires local jurisdiction
to amend the General Plan, so it is consistent with the new updated Airport
Land Use Compatibility Plan.
Funk reminded the council that its previous Compatibility Plan, adopted in
1994, was the reason for the reference updates in the General Plan.
"Outside of certain exceptions, for each airport, state law requires the
establishment of an Airport Land Use Commission (ALUC) and the creation of
an Airport Land Use Compatibility Plan (ALUCP)," said Funk, noting that the
ALUCP is also referred to as the Compatibility Plan.
The Compatibility Plan, Funk said, contains policies that place limitations
on development in the nearby vicinity of the airport. The four primary
factors include noise, safety, airspace protection and over-flight.
"These are the same compatibility factors that were used in the previous
compatibility plan in 1994," he said.
For the most part, the policies remain the same, but it's the boundaries
that are slightly different based on the new data staff received.
Future development, which is mainly industrial around the airport, may be
affected with the updated plans.
"Business operators, owners and employees in the vicinity of the airport are
going to be subject to the new regulations which will reflect the most
recent strategies on dealing with airport impacts and reflect the most
recent statistics on noise data and hazards," Funk said. "Those future
projects would be locating areas where the impacts are minimized to the
greatest extent possible and there is a benefit there."
Funk wanted people to understand that the ALUC does not own the airport and
has no authority over its operations. The Compatibility Plan he presented
only deals with airport impacts to surrounding land uses.
The county of San Diego is the owner and operator of the airport, he said,
in terms of airport operations and future airport growth.
In his presentation, Funk shared a bit about the Voluntary Noise Abatement
Program, which highlights the effort to minimize aircraft noise impacted
communities and flight paths. This program is championed by the airport and
the county. The Fly Friendly Program, on the other hand, is an educational
program for citizens and an opportunity for pilots to share information
about the Voluntary Noise Abatement Program.
"These programs are voluntary on the part of pilots because factors such as
safety or weather may warrant alternate flight paths," he said.
For residents who want to report aircraft-related noise complaints or
concerns, Funk invites them to call the county at (760) 431-4646 or visit

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