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Airport Mobility and Land Use Compatibility Planning

Promoting multi-modal mobility to the San Diego International Airport and ensuring compatible land use planning.

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The City is home to several airports: San Diego International Airport, Brown Field and Montgomery Field general aviation municipal airports, and Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Miramar. In addition, airports outside the City including Naval Air Station North Island, Naval Outlying Field Imperial Beach, Gillespie Field general aviation airport, and Tijuana International Airport have airport operations that affect the City.

As the owner and operator for Brown and Montgomery Fields, the City is responsible for preparing the Airport Master Plans for these airports to serve as the plans for future airport development. The San Diego County Regional Airport Authority (Airport Authority) is responsible for preparing Airport Master Plans for San Diego International Airport, and the Department of Defense is responsible for planning for military airports. The City works with the Airport Authority, SANDAG, Caltrans, the Metropolitan Transit System, the Port of San Diego, and the California Coastal Commission in planning, providing, and expanding multi-modal transportation facilities between San Diego International Airport and the region's major activity centers.

The City strives to ensure land use planning is compatible with airport operations. State law requires that the Airport Authority, acting as the Airport Land Use Commission (ALUC), prepare Airport Land Use Compatibility Plans (ALUCPs) containing the policies and procedures for land use and airport compatibility for areas surrounding each airport. The City coordinates with the ALUC and airport operators on preparing and amending community plans, zoning, development regulations, and the review of certain development proposals within airport influence areas to ensure protection of residents, workers, visitors, and airport operations. The City implements ALUCPs through the City's Land Development Code and Community Plans, as necessary, consistent with the City's General Plan land use and noise policies.

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