In an ideal scenario, you wouldn't have to worry about encroachment or noise complaints threatening your airport. That's because proper land-use laws would be in place to prevent incompatible situations that create tension. If AOPA, the California Department of Transportation, and the State Transportation Commission have their way, the ideal scenario would become a reality. AOPA is working with the agencies to identify a sponsor and gather support for a bill that would strengthen California's airport land-use law. It would require every county in the state to have an airport land-use planning commission and a plan to protect the airports from encroachment and communities from incompatible uses that could cause trouble in the future. AOPA Vice President of Regional Affairs Greg Pecoraro and AOPA California Regional Representative John Pfeifer were in Sacramento last week to build momentum for the proposed bill.
February 2, 2007