Aqua Caliente Springs Airport - Airport Land Use Compatibility Plan (ALUCP)


SCH Number
Public Agency
San Diego County Regional Airport Authority
Document Title
Aqua Caliente Springs Airport - Airport Land Use Compatibility Plan (ALUCP)
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
The San Diego County Airport Land Use Commission (ALUC) is mandated by the State Aeronautics Act to prepare an ALUCP for each public use and military airport within the county. The purpose of an ALUCP is to protect the operations of the airport and concurrently safeguard the welfare of inhabitants and the general public within the vicinity of the airport. The ALUCP accomplishes these objectives by establishing a geographic scope of application (the AIA) and criteria for the compatibility of specific land uses within the AIA. The compatibility standards are based upon sensitivity of land uses to airport noise exposure, minimizing risk in the event of aircraft accidents, protection of airspace from hazards and obstructions to flight and airport operations, and residential awareness of airport proximity to minimize annoyance. The ALUCP compatibility standards must be implemented into the respective land use plans and regulations of the affected local agencies with land use jurisdiction, or local agencies may overrule all or portions of the ALUCP. The ALUCP does not regulate airport operations, nor does it have any impact on existing land uses. The ALUCP applies only to land use plans and new projects proposed after adoption of the ALUCP. The beneficiaries of the project would be the implementing local agency and airport operator (both the County of San Diego), inhabitants and the general public who would occupy land uses near the airport, and the California Department of Parks and Recreation, which manages public lands in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. The County of San Diego is the primary local agency with land use jurisdiction to implement or overrule the ALUCP. The project replaces a previous ALUCP, adopted by the ALUC in 2006 and amended in 2011, which the County implemented in 2011 through zoning of properties within the AIA, so the project would be implemented using the existing zoning.

Contact Information

Ralph Redman
Agency Name
Job Title
Manager, Airport Planning & Environmental Affairs
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


San Diego
Southern California
Agua Caliente Springs Airport

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
California Code of Regulations, Title 14, Division 6, Chapter 3, Section 15061(b)(3)
Reasons for Exemption
The project is largely pre-empted on public lands under State jurisdiction over which the ALUCP has no force and effect. The noise exposure contours and safety zones established by the project lie entirely on airport property or on State public lands adjacent to the airport, neither of which is subject to ALUC jurisdiction. Thus, the project could not have a significant impact on the environment. There would be no potential displacement of existing land uses or populations elsewhere as a result of the project, and, thus, it would neither induce nor prohibit growth which might occur in the absence of the project. As an update to an existing plan already implemented by the local agency, the project would not conflict with any land use plan, policy, or regulation adopted for the purpose of avoiding or mitigating an environmental effect. There are no direct, indirect, or cumulatively considerable impacts created by the project because it does not result in any significant environmental impacts. The ALUCP as a project is therefore exempt from CEQA.
County Clerk
San Diego


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