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ACRP 11-01/Topic 02-05 [Final]

Practices to Achieve Airport Compatible Land Uses and Minimize Obstructions in Navigable Airspace
[ ACRP 11-01 (Legal Aspects of Airport Programs) ]

  Project Data
Research Agency: Waite & Associates
Principal Investigator: Jocelyn K. Waite
Comments: Results published in ACRP Legal Research Digest 14.

Study topics 2-01 and 02 –(merged and renamed to 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 summarizes the legal issues discussed above, highlight points of commonality, and analyzes 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 has been published as LRD 14:  Achieving Airport-Compatible Land Uses and Minimizing Hazardous Obstructions in Navigable Airspace.

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