California Department of Transportation

Physical Address:
Department of Transportation
Division of Aeronautics
1120 N Street, Room 3300
Sacramento, CA 95814

Mailing Address:
Department of Transportation
Division of Aeronautics,
MS 40 P. O. Box 942874
Sacramento, CA 94274-0001

Shipping Address:
1415 11th Street
Sacramento, CA 95814

General Information:
Fax - 916.653.9531



Airport Land Use Planning Reference Documents

An Airport Master Plan is a 20-year comprehensive study of an airport that describes the short, medium, and long term development plans of an airport property and its facilities, recommended for update by the airport sponsor every 5-10 years. Depending on the size, function, issues, and role of the individual airport, the study will vary in complexity and detail. To be eligible for federal Airport Improvement Program (AIP) funds, and subsequently for State AIP Matching Grant eligibility (CA Public Utility Code (PUC) 4067(d)), the airport master plan includes an FAA approved Airport Layout Plan with proposed project(s) depicted. Every even year, airport sponsors should provide to the State an updated 10-year Airport Capital Improvement Plan (CIP). The Division of Aeronautics must compile and submit an updated CIP to the California Transportation Commission for approval before projects are considered for State funding.

An Airport Layout Plan (ALP) is a drawing, or set of drawings, that provide(s) a graphic representation of the current conditions and the future long-term planned development for an airport — a minimum requirement for airports to receive federal assistance. A narrative report and pertinent layout sketches should accompany the ALP explaining and documenting proposed items of development, rationale for unusual design features and/or modifications to Federal Aviation Administration Airport Design Standards. Below is an example of an Airport Layout Plan depicting the airport’s layout including both present infrastructure and proposed development.

Diagram of airport runway.
To see larger image of above, go to McClellan-Palomar Airport Master Plan.
Warning :: This file is 2.69MB in size.

An Airport Land Use Compatibility Plan (ALUCP) provides for the orderly growth of an airport and the area surrounding the airport within the jurisdiction of the Airport Land Use Commission (ALUC), excluding existing land uses. Its primary function is to safeguard the general welfare of the inhabitants within the vicinity of the airport and the public in general. This is generally accomplished by examining land uses within specific airport safety zones.

To be effective, the Division strongly encourages a periodic review of all of the Airport Master Plan, Airport Layout Plan, and the Airport Land Use Compatibility Plan documents to ensure that they remain current and consistent with changes in state laws, local land uses, and airport development and activity. Ideally, they would be prepared in concert with each other.

LA / Ontario International Airport Land Use Compatibility Plan 'cover page'

Last Updated: December 20, 2013