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D-1 A P P E N D I X D Educational Tools General aviation airports are an integral link to our nationâs transportation system and contribute to the vitality of our economy. One of the greatest concerns facing these airports today is âencroachmentââthe continued pressure brought by incompatible land uses that threaten and limit the operation of airports. Various government agencies have roles in sustaining the nationâs airport system and protecting the public from excessive noise and safety hazards. Individually, many incompatible land use decisions may appear to have a negligible impact; however, collectively and over time, poor land use decisions can lead to the restriction of airport activity or to airport closure, slowly eroding our aviation system. Research conducted for this Guidebook identified that education, communication, and outreach are essential factors in whether airport compatibility zoning is or can be effective at stopping encroachment of incompatible development. The best way to boost community awareness of the airport and compatibility issues is through education. One of the strategies included in Chapter 3 of this Guidebook suggests the airport sponsor host an educational seminar on airport land use compatibility with key stakeholders, such as local governing bodies, airport neighbors, and land use planning staff from surrounding jurisdictions. Ideally, a representative from both the airport and land use planning department would work together to host this educational seminar. This way, the hosts can highlight the roles and responsibilities of each office and the importance of having both disciplines interacting to achieve airport land use compatibility. This appendix provides a stock slide presentation on the topic of airport land use compatibility, providing an overview of the importance of responsible land use planning to prevent encroachment and preserving our nationâs aviation system. The presentation can be tailored to address the specific needs of a particular airport and surrounding communities and to reflect state-specific requirements and guidance. As with all good lessons, the best way to learn a new topic is to put it into practice. The final set of slides is provided as an audience participation exercise. Their purpose is to engage dialogue by prompting small groups to assess the compatibility of example land use development. For an editable version of the sample slide presentation, go to the TRB site (TRB.org) and search for âACRP Research Report 206.â