The National Academies

ACRP 04-22 [Final]

Evaluating Compatibility Zoning at General Aviation Airports

  Project Data
Funds: $300,000
Research Agency: Mead & Hunt
Principal Investigator: Maranda Thompson
Effective Date: 5/23/2017
Completion Date: 8/22/2018

States and local jurisdictions have enacted and implemented various forms of airport height, hazards, and land-use compatibility zoning laws to varying degrees. The purpose of these laws is to ensure airport viability and safety while allowing appropriate community development. Nationally, the effectiveness and performance of these laws have not been systematically evaluated and measured.
The objective of the research is to evaluate the effectiveness of the various zoning laws that pertain to height, hazards, and land-use compatibility around general aviation airports and their surrounding communities.
The report should address the following issues at a minimum:
         Definition of what is considered an “effective” zoning law and why;
  • Comparison of airports and their community’s perspective on the effectiveness of existing zoning;
  • Evaluation of state and local zoning and/or other laws and regulations;
  • Comparison of airports with and without zoning laws to protect airports;
  • Lessons learned in ensuring and establishing effective zoning; and                                            
  • Up to a 4-page brochure that can stand alone that lists the attributes of effective zoning that airport managers can use when working with their community.
STATUS: This has been published as ACRP Research Report 206:  Guidebook on Effective Land Use Compatibility Planning Strategies for General Aviation Airports. Also available on line is Appendix C, a self-assessment checklist, Appendix D is an editable PowerPoint presentation providing an overview of the importance of responsible land use planning to prevent encroachment and Appendix E, a brochure that airports can use to describe the effective airport land use compatibility planning. 

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