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.