public review draft of Mather ALUCP
Draft Mather Airport Land Use Compatibility Plan
Public Comment Period Through November 5, 2020
SACOG, in its role as the Airport Land Use Commission, is releasing the draft Mather Airport Land Use Compatibility Plan (ALUCP) for public review and comment. The ALUCP addresses development of compatible land use in areas around Mather Airport. As development applications are submitted to local governments near the Airport, they are reviewed for consistency with ALUCP policies. The ALUCP is focused on policies and compatibility criteria associated with four compatibility factors: safety, noise, airspace protection, and overflight notification.
Further information about the draft ALUCP is in the FAQ provided below. Public comments on the draft must be received by November 5, 2020 to MHRcomment@sacog.org or mailed to SACOG/ALUC at 1415 L Street, Suite 300, Sacramento, CA 95814.
Airport Land Use Commission
SACOG serves as the Airport Land Use Commission (ALUC) for Sacramento, Sutter, Yolo and Yuba Counties, as designated by California’s State Aeronautics Act (Public Utilities Code sections 21670 et seq.). The Act requires all counties in the state with public use or military airports to form ALUCs. ALUCs are charged with protecting “public health, safety, and welfare by encouraging orderly expansion of airports and the adoption of land use measures that minimizes exposure to excessive noise and safety hazards within areas around public airports to the extent that these areas are not already devoted to incompatible uses.” As part of its role, SACOG is required to prepare ALUCPs, planning documents with 20-year planning horizons focused on ensuring development of compatible land uses in areas around airports. Compatibility policies are focused on reducing impacts associated with safety, noise, airspace protection, and overflight notification.
Mather Airport is located in unincorporated Sacramento County, immediately southwest of the City of Rancho Cordova and south of US Highway 50. The Mather ALUCP is being updated for several reasons. First, the current Comprehensive Land Use Plan (now called ALUCP) is more than 20 years old, being last updated in 1997. Since that time, Caltrans guidance on preparation of ALUCPs has been updated, airport operations at have changed, the airport Master Plan has been updated, the Airport has made several improvements, and traffic volume is higher. Meanwhile, urbanized land uses in the region have expanded and are encroaching into areas surrounding the airport.
Public Review and Plan Adoption Process
Because ALUCPs may affect how and where future land uses are developed, they have the potential to result in environmental impacts and are thus considered projects for purposes of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). Following the close of the public review period for the Draft ALUCP (November 5, 2020), SACOG will analyze the potential for the Draft ALUCP policies to displace future development in areas around the Airport. This development displacement analysis will inform the preparation of an initial study which will be used to determine the appropriate level of CEQA clearance. Once the CEQA document has been prepared in early 2021, it will be brought before the SACOG Land Use and Natural Resources Committee and the SACOG Board/ALUC before being released for a 30-day public review period. Following the 30-day public review period, the Final CEQA document will be brought before the SACOG Board/ALUC for approval and the Draft ALUCP will be brought forward for adoption.
Public comment is open from October 5, 2020 through November 5, 2020. To submit written comments or ask questions:
Email to: MHRcomment@sacog.org
Postal mail to: SACOG/ Airport Land Use Commission, 1415 L Street, Suite 300, Sacramento CA 95814.