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ACRP 11-01/Topic 02-02 [Final]

Use and Success of Avigation Easements and Other Tools for Airport Compatible Land Use and Development of Model Language
[ ACRP 11-01 (Legal Aspects of Airport Programs) ]

  Project Data
Funds: $37,500.00
Research Agency: Waite and Associates
Principal Investigator: Jocelyn K. Waite
Effective Date: 8/1/2010
Completion Date: 12/31/2011
Comments: Study topics 2-01 and 02 merged and renamed and became Study Topic 2-05.

            Study topics 2-01 and 02 –(merged and renamed and became  Study Topic 2-05)

Achieving Airport Compatible Land Uses and Minimizing Hazardous

Obstructions in Navigable Airspace


This legal research digest will summarize the legal issues related to achieving airport compatible land uses and hazardous obstructions in navigable airspace. Subjects will include:


·         The difference between federal responsibility for airspace, and state/local responsibility for land use.

·         Airport Compatible Land Use Requirements                   

·         Land Use Planning/Zoning [Conventional]                                                          

·         Eminent Domain [including inverse condemnation]                     

·         Police Power Regulations                                                         

·         Easements

·         Runway Protection Zones                                                                    

·         Eliminating Hazardous Obstructions Affecting Air Space            

·         Hazardous Obstruction Defined


This digest will also summarize the legal issues discussed above, highlight any points of commonality, and analyze the factors that airport authorities should consider in deciding which methods to use in achieving airport compatible land use and minimizing hazardous obstructions

Status:  This merged projects is complete and has been published as LRD 14:  Achieving Airport Compatible Land Uses and Minimizing Hazardous Obstructions in Navigable Airspace.

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