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A I R P O R T C O O P E R A T I V E R E S E A R C H P R O G R A M ACRP RESEARCH REPORT 206 2019 Research sponsored by the Federal Aviation Administration Subscriber Categories Aviation â¢ Planning and Forecasting Guidebook on Effective Land Use Compatibility Planning Strategies for General Aviation Airports Maranda V. Thompson Kenneth A. Brody Lisa Harmon Mead & Hunt, Inc. Windsor, CA Stephanie A.D. Ward Mead & Hunt, Inc. Lansing, MI Diana E. Fainberg dIana e. FaInberg assocIates, LLc Teaneck, NJ Mihir Shah arora engIneers, Inc. Atlanta, GA
AIRPORT COOPERATIVE RESEARCH PROGRAM Airports are vital national resources. They serve a key role in trans- portation of people and goods and in regional, national, and interna- tional commerce. They are where the nationâs aviation system connects with other modes of transportation and where federal responsibility for managing and regulating air traffic operations intersects with the role of state and local governments that own and operate most airports. Research is necessary to solve common operating problems, to adapt appropriate new technologies from other industries, and to introduce innovations into the airport industry. The Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) serves as one of the principal means by which the airport industry can develop innovative near-term solutions to meet demands placed on it. The need for ACRP was identified in TRB Special Report 272: Airport Research Needs: Cooperative Solutions in 2003, based on a study spon- sored by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). ACRP carries out applied research on problems that are shared by airport operating agen- cies and not being adequately addressed by existing federal research programs. ACRP is modeled after the successful National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) and Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP). ACRP undertakes research and other technical activi- ties in various airport subject areas, including design, construction, legal, maintenance, operations, safety, policy, planning, human resources, and administration. ACRP provides a forum where airport operators can cooperatively address common operational problems. ACRP was authorized in December 2003 as part of the Vision 100â Century of Aviation Reauthorization Act. The primary participants in the ACRP are (1) an independent governing board, the ACRP Oversight Committee (AOC), appointed by the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation with representation from airport operating agencies, other stakeholders, and relevant industry organizations such as the Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA), the American Associa- tion of Airport Executives (AAAE), the National Association of State Aviation Officials (NASAO), Airlines for America (A4A), and the Airport Consultants Council (ACC) as vital links to the airport community; (2) TRB as program manager and secretariat for the governing board; and (3) the FAA as program sponsor. In October 2005, the FAA executed a contract with the National Academy of Sciences formally initiating the program. ACRP benefits from the cooperation and participation of airport professionals, air carriers, shippers, state and local government officials, equipment and service suppliers, other airport users, and research organi- zations. Each of these participants has different interests and responsibili- ties, and each is an integral part of this cooperative research effort. Research problem statements for ACRP are solicited periodically but may be submitted to TRB by anyone at any time. It is the responsibility of the AOC to formulate the research program by identifying the highest priority projects and defining funding levels and expected products. Once selected, each ACRP project is assigned to an expert panel appointed by TRB. Panels include experienced practitioners and research specialists; heavy emphasis is placed on including airport professionals, the intended users of the research products. The panels prepare project statements (requests for proposals), select contractors, and provide technical guidance and counsel throughout the life of the project. The process for developing research problem statements and selecting research agencies has been used by TRB in managing coop- erative research programs since 1962. As in other TRB activities, ACRP project panels serve voluntarily without compensation. Primary emphasis is placed on disseminating ACRP results to the intended users of the research: airport operating agencies, service pro- viders, and academic institutions. ACRP produces a series of research reports for use by airport operators, local agencies, the FAA, and other interested parties; industry associations may arrange for workshops, training aids, field visits, webinars, and other activities to ensure that results are implemented by airport industry practitioners. 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C O O P E R A T I V E R E S E A R C H P R O G R A M S CRP STAFF FOR ACRP RESEARCH REPORT 206 Christopher J. Hedges, Director, Cooperative Research Programs Lori L. Sundstrom, Deputy Director, Cooperative Research Programs Marci A. Greenberger, Manager, Airport Cooperative Research Program Brittany Summerlin-Azeez, Program Coordinator Eileen P. Delaney, Director of Publications Natalie Barnes, Associate Director of Publications Scott E. Hitchcock, Senior Editor ACRP PROJECT 04-22 PANEL Field of Safety Jeffrey L. Bilyeu, Texas Gulf Coast Regional Airport, Angleton, TX (Chair) David W. Fitz, Coffman Associates, Inc., Leeâs Summit, MO Shelley Lamar, Aerotropolis Atlanta Alliance, Atlanta, GA Thomas F. Mahoney, Massachusetts DOT, East Boston, MA Gary P. Mascaro, City of ScottsdaleâScottsdale Airport, Scottsdale, AZ Kay L. Thede-Hughes, Clapsaddle-Garber Associates, Inc., Ames, IA Holly Cyrus, FAA Liaison Christine Gerencher, TRB Liaison
ACRP Research Report 206: Guidebook on Effective Land Use Compatibility Planning Strategies for General Aviation Airports provides an analysis of various state and local airport zoning laws and their effectiveness in protecting airport viability and safety. While there is no one strategy that is effective for all airports, all airports need to be proactive about land use compatibility. This guidebook will help airport operators understand the various tools for ensuring compatible land use and how best to communicate land use compatibility needs to government decision makers and land use professionals (among other stakeholders). Land use compatibility around airports is an important element in allowing aircraft to expeditiously and safely traverse the national airspace through local, general aviation airports. The effectiveness of local zoning and ordinances is key to reducing compatibility conflicts from development projects proposed around the airport. Airport managers must ensure that they have a critical role in their communities to educate stakeholders on the importance of not allowing flight hazards to be built. Mead & Hunt was selected to conduct research to identify current compatible land use strategies. One consistent finding was that successful strategies involved the airport actively engaged in educating, communicating, and conducting outreach in their communities. On the basis of the research results, the research team developed a brochure outlining how an airport can involve other stakeholders in promoting compatible land use planning and development, as well as providing other tools and resources to help airport managers at small airports begin to proactively manage the development around their airport. The above-mentioned brochure (Appendix E) as well as Appendix C: Self-Assessment Checklists (an editable set of planning checklists) and Appendix D: Educational Tools (editable PowerPoint presentation) are available on the TRB web site (trb.org) by searching for âACRP Research Report 206.â F O R E W O R D By Marci A. Greenberger Staff Officer Transportation Research Board
1 Chapter 1 Introduction 1 Research Background 2 Guidebook Purpose 3 Research Findings 3 State Statutes 4 Regulation Type 6 Content of Regulations 7 Implementation 7 Outreach and Communication 8 Chapter 2 Airport Land Use Compatibility Basics 8 Overview 9 What Is Airport Land Use Compatibility? 10 Why Is Airport Land Use Compatibility Important? 10 Who Is Responsible for Airport Land Use Compatibility Planning? 11 Airport Manager 13 Airport Sponsor 13 Airport Advocate 13 Local Planning Agencies 14 Local Governing Body 14 State Aviation Agencies 14 The FAA 14 How Is Airport Compatibility Planning Achieved? 15 Airport Master Plan 15 Airport Land Use Compatibility Plan 16 Comprehensive Plan 16 Zoning Ordinance 16 What Concerns Do Airport Land Use Compatibility Address? 17 Airspace Protection 19 Safety Hazards 21 Noise Impacts 22 Overflight Annoyance 22 Summary 23 Chapter 3 Effective Compatibility Planning Strategies 23 Overview 23 Effective Airport Land Use Compatibility Planning 25 Strategies by Local Stakeholder 26 Airport Manager 27 Airport Sponsor 28 Community Planning Department 29 Local Governing Body C O N T E N T S
30 Local Strategies by Topic 30 Gaining Local Support for the Airport 32 Promoting the Importance of Airport Land Use Compatibility 34 Engaging the State 36 Drafting Local Regulations and Getting Them Adopted 53 Implementing the Regulations 54 Reaching Out to the Community 59 Strategies for State Aviation Agencies 59 Direct Regulatory Involvement 60 Guidance and Education 61 Monitoring and Reviewing Local Land Use Actions 64 Summary 65 Glossary of Terms A-1 Appendix A Status of State Airport Zoning and Compatibility Laws B-1 Appendix B Resource Documents C-1 Appendix C Self-Assessment Checklists (online resource) D-1 Appendix D Educational Tools (online resource) E-1 Appendix E Airport Land Use Compatibility Brochure (online resource) F-1 Appendix F Model Local Airport Compatibility Zoning Ordinance G-1 Appendix G Online Submittal of FAA Form 7460-1: Notice of Proposed Construction or Alteration H-1 Appendix H Sample Buyer Awareness Documents Note: Photographs, figures, and tables in this report may have been converted from color to grayscale for printing. The electronic version of the report (posted on the web at www.trb.org) retains the color versions.