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Land Use Planning
Land use planning related to airports is a complex subject.In addition to this introduction to land use planning related to airports, this section will explore:
Why do we need to monitor land use near airports?
We monitor land use near airports to make sure that the land surrounding airports is used properly. Appropriate land use includes light industrial and commercial uses. Inappropriate land use includes schools and residential developments. This is because schools and residential developments are negatively impacted by airport noise. Local agencies work with airport planners to balance airport growth and city development. The airport develops an Airport Master Plan. This plan is published and approved through a public hearing. The Airport Master Plan specifies the development of the airport and how the land around the airport should be used.