The San Luis Obispo County Airport Land Use Commission (ALUC) is an independent body of seven members, which was created in response to the mandates of The State Aeronautics Act, first enacted in 1967. Under this statute, it is the duty of the ALUC:

  • To assist local agencies in examining compatible land uses in the vicinity of all new airports and in the vicinity of existing airports to the extent that the land in the vicinity is not already devoted to incompatible uses;
  • To coordinate planning at the state, regional, and local levels so as to provide for the orderly development of air transportation, while at the same time protecting the public health, safety and welfare; and
  • To provide for the orderly development of the areas surrounding public use airports within the county so that new developments are not likely ultimately to cause restrictions to be placed on flight operations to or from the airport.

As the means of fulfilling these basic obligations, the ALUC has two basic duties under the Public Utilities Code:

To Prepare Airport Compatibility Plans (Airport Land Use Plans) - The Commission is required to prepare and adopt an Airport Land Use Plan (ALUP) for each of the airports within its jurisdiction. In the case of San Luis Obispo County, this requirement applies to the Airport (McChesney Field), the Oceano Airport, and the Paso Robles Municipal Airport.

To Review Referring Agency Actions and Airport Plans - In addition to formulating ALUPs, the ALUC is required to review certain types of action by local counties and cities which affect the land use in the vicinity of airports to ensure that the action proposed by the referring agency is consistent with the ALUP.

Although the ALUC, by law, receives technical support from the County of San Luis Obispo, it is an autonomous body and is not part of any local government structure.

AIRPORT LAND USE PLANS:

San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport

Paso Robles Municipal Airport

Oceano County Airport