For many years, most airports were located miles from urban centers and remained unaffected by encroaching local development. However, as California has grown over the last 50 years, increasing population pressures, urban sprawl, and ongoing growth in commercial aviation have led to potential conflicts between airports and nearby development.

Join ESA’s Steve Alverson, Senior Vice President, and Chris Jones, Principal Associate, at their online course through the University of California at Davis that focuses on airport land use compatibility and how it affects local land use planning.

The course will be held online Friday, October 2, 2020 (prerecorded modules will be available October 1 through October 5). Attendees will learn about the issues associated with airport land use compatibility, such as aircraft noise exposure, safety, airspace protection (including wildlife hazards), and overflight notification and how these and other issues can affect proposed land use development in areas around airports. This course will provide an introduction to topics such as:

  • An overview of federal and state aviation planning regulations
  • Airport land use commissions and compatible land use plans
  • Aircraft noise contours and how they are used in planning
  • Airport safety and planning issues
  • Strategies for evaluating compatible land use during project planning

Attendees will learn what land uses are typically considered compatible or incompatible in areas around airports, how the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) applies to airport land use compatibility plans, and what to consider when projects are located near an airport or within an airport influence area. In-class exercises will include the use of the California Airport Land Use Planning Handbook, FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) guidance, examples of recent compatible land use plans, and review criteria prepared for projects in California.

Enrollment discounts for APA, AEP, and other affiliations apply; this course qualifies for AICP Members Certification Maintenance credits and Continuing Education Units. See the course page at the UC Davis website to learn more and to enroll: