Airport Land Use Commission

an airplane lifting off

The Airport Land-Use Commission (ALUC) was established to provide for appropriate development of areas surrounding public airports in Santa Clara County. It is intended to minim​ize the public's exposure to excessive noise and safety hazards, and to ensure that the approaches to airports are kept clear of structures that could pose an aviation safety hazard.

FAA Advisory Circular​

COMPREHENSIVE LAND USE PLANS AN​D ASSOCIATED DOCUMENTS: 

San Jose International

Airport

Moffet Federal

Airfield

Reid-Hillview

Airport

Palo Alto

Airports

San Martin

Airports

Heliport Land Use Comp​​atibility Plan

In February of 2017, the Santa Clara County ALUC considered and adopted a County-wide Comprehensive Land Use Plan (CLUP) policy to calculate density within safety zones for Core and Shell development when a specific floor plan or tenant is unknown.

The basis for the methodology is the LEED default occupancy Index gross square feet per occupant for General Office. The methodology is not intended to be used for independent residential shell development. The methodology replaces recommendations in the CalTrans Division of Aeronautics Airport Land Use Planning Handbook, for development around airports and heliports in Santa Clara County.

Deter​mining Occupancy Density:

If the occupancy count for full-time equivalents (FTEs) is not known, calculate the default occupancy using the following methodology using 250 gross square feet per occupant.

 

Building Gross Square Feet
–––————–––––––––––––    /  Site Area in Gross Acres  =      People per acre allowance per site.
                 250   

Example of a 100,000 square foot shell on a 2.5- acres site within the Outer Safety Zone (OSZ) where 300 people per acre is allowed per CLUP policy:

  1. 100,000 sq. ft. bldg. / 250 sq. ft. per occupant = 400 people max. bldg. occupancy
  2. 400 people / 2.5 acres gross site size = 160 people per acre average for the site.

Therefore, 160 people per acre is within the 300 people per acre allowance per CLUP policy.

LEED Default Occupancy Index
 

The above Airport Specific​ Land Use Plans Supercede the Policies in the County Wide Land Use Plan (below).

For Submitting Referrals to the ALUC

The ALUC has 60 days after submittal of a complete application to act on a referral. (Public Utilities Code section 21676(d).)  If a jurisdiction would like to have the ALUC consider a referral during its next monthly meeting, it needs to submit the referral by the last Friday of the previous month. The dates for the next tentative ALUC meetings are given below, along with the last date to submit a referral for a given ALUC meeting

Hearing Date
(4th Wednesday of every month)

Referral ​​Submission Due
(by the last Friday of the previous month)

27-Oct-21

1-Oct-21

17-Nov-21

29-Oct-21

15-Dec-21

26-Nov-21

26-Jan-22

31-Dec-21

23-Feb-22

28-Jan-22

23-Mar-22

25-Feb-22

27-Apr-22

1-Apr-22

25-May-22

29-Apr-22

22-Jun-22

27-May-22

27-Jul-22

1-Jul-22

24-Aug-22

29-Jul-22

Please ensure you submit a complete ALUC referral application along with the required documentation mentioned in the application

ALUC referral application
 

For more information, Contact 

Carl Hilbrants, Senior Planner
County Government Center
70 West Hedding Street; East Wing, 7th Floor
San Jose, CA 95110

(408) 299-5781

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