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Guidance on airport land-use policies

Date published: 7/27/2014

Guidance on airport land-use policies

This is in reference to the July 21 letter titled "Airport, military bases were there first" and the July 23 letter titled "Protect the airport from encroachment."

The U.S. Air Force has had a program called Air Installation Compatible Use Zone (or AICUZ) since about 1977 to work with local communities on installation-related noise, safety and compatible land use in and around the installations.

The AICUZ program policy and procedures are addressed in Air Force Instruction 32-7063 and Department of Defense Instruction 4165.57.

Air Force Installation AICUZ studies as well as the Air Force and Department of Defense Instructions are available online for review.

If they have not done so already, local community planners may want to review what the Air Force and Department of Defense have been doing to establish Air Compatible Use Zones with local communities to protect installation operations and protect the public, keep bases open and jobs in the community and have compatible land use around local airports and military installations.

Robert Sheppe