Rancho Murieta Recreation Area Tree Managament Plan

4 Documents in Project


SCH Number
Lead Agency
Sacramento County
Document Title
Rancho Murieta Recreation Area Tree Managament Plan
Document Type
NOP - Notice of Preparation
Present Land Use
Natural/Agricultural/Natural Preserve

Document Description
The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), Division of Aeronautics, is enforcing State Airport operating regulations that rely on Federal Aviation Regulations (FARs) which govern the allowable height of objects near airports. Specifically, the County has been directed to address potential obstructions within the County owned Recreation Area under the surfaces defined by Part 77 of the Codes of Federal Regulations (FAR Part 77) near the Airport. FAR Part 77 identifies the criteria that are used to define obstrutions for airports and their surrounding airspace. Caltrans Aeronautics Division directly references FAR Part 77 obstruction criteria for inspecting and issuing airport operating permits. Among these criteria are a series of three dimensional imaginary surfaces of varying size, shape and slope depending on the type of runway and classification of approach. Any object that penetrates one of these surfaces is classified as an obstruction to navigable airspace. The enforcement action by Caltrans Aeronautics Division was the subject of a State Appellate Court case that upheld a lower court's decision to support Rancho Murieta Airport's Writ of Mandate, and compels the County to manage trees within the riparian corridor of the Recreation Area in order to conform with the FARs governing obstructions. As a result of this mandate, the County initiated a program of tree pruning, removal, and installation of lighting poles to reduce or eliminate potential obstructions.

Contact Information
Joyce Horizumi
Sacramento County
827 Seventh Street, Room 220
Sacramento, CA 95814

Phone : (916) 874-7914


Cross Streets
Jackson Highway
Total Acres
+/- 100
Parcel #
State Highways
Rancho Murieta Airport
Cosumnes River Elementary School
Cosumnes River
Other Location Info
Rancho Murieta

Notice of Completion

Review Period Start
Review Period End
Development Type
Other (Tree Management Plan)
Local Action
Other Action Other Action: SAA
Project Issues
Aesthetic/Visual Archaeologic-Historic Flood Plain/Flooding Vegetation Wetland/Riparian Wildlife
Reviewing Agencies
Cal Fire California Department of Conservation California Department of Fish and Wildlife, North Central Region 2 California Department of Parks and Recreation California Highway Patrol California Native American Heritage Commission California Regional Water Quality Control Board, Central Valley Sacramento Region 5 California State Lands Commission Caltrans, Division of Aeronautics Resources Agency California Department of Transportation, District 3 Department of Water Resources

Disclaimer: The document was originally posted before CEQAnet had the capability to host attachments for the public. To obtain the original attachments for this document, please contact the lead agency at the contact information listed above. You may also contact the OPR via email at state.clearinghouse@opr.ca.gov or via phone at (916) 445-0613.

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