PUBLIC REVIEW DRAFT OF MATHER ALUCP
Initial Study/Negative Declaration For Draft Mather Airport Land Use Compatibility Plan (ALUCP)
Update: Public Comment Period Extended Through April 5, 2021
SACOG, in its role as the Airport Land Use Commission, is releasing the draft Mather ALUCP update for public review and comment. The ALUCP addresses development of compatible land use in areas around Mather Airport.
SACOG has completed an Initial Study to evaluate the potential effects of the Draft ALUCP. In support of the Initial Study, SACOG has prepared a development displacement analysis. The results of the Initial Study indicate that the project would not have any adverse effects on the environment, warranting preparation of a Negative Declaration. The Draft Initial Study/Negative Declaration (IS/ND) are available below – links to documents below.
Further information about the draft ALUCP is provided in the FAQ provided below. Public comments on the draft must be received by Monday April 5, 2021 to MHRcomment@sacog.org or mailed to SACOG/ALUC at 1415 L Street, Suite 300, Sacramento, CA 95814.
March 11 Public Workshop/Meeting
SACOG will be holding a public workshop/meeting to discuss the proposed IS/ND and the Draft Mather ALUCP on Thursday, March 11, between 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm.
Registration Link for the Draft Mather ALUCP Public Workshop: http://bit.ly/mather-alucp
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Airport Land Use Commission
SACOG serves as the 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 CEQA. Following the close of the first public review period for the Draft ALUCP (November 5, 2020), SACOG analyzed the potential for the Draft ALUCP policies to displace future development in areas around the Airport. This development displacement analysis led to the preparation of an initial study which is being used to determine the appropriate level of CEQA clearance. On February 18, 2021, the SACOG board serving as the ALUC approved the release for public review of the initial study/negative declaration with the development displacement analysis. Following the extended public review period ending on April 5, 2021, the Final CEQA document will be brought before the SACOG board/ALUC for approval and the Draft ALUCP will be brought forward for adoption on May 20, 2021.
Public comment is open from February 19, 2021 to April 5, 2021. 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.