Airports and Land Use Compatibility Planning


For many years metropolitan-area airports were located miles from urban centers and rarely were affected by local development. Increasing growth pressures, urban sprawl and ongoing growth in the aviation industry have led to increased conflicts between airports and nearby development. 

Gain an understanding of airport land use compatibility and how it affects planning practices in California. Learn about the issues associated with airport land use compatibility, such as noise, flight patterns, population densities and how these and other issues can affect proposed development in the airport vicinity. This course will introduce you to topics such as:

  • An overview of federal and state aviation planning regulations
  • Airport land use commissions and compatible land use plans
  • Aircraft noise contours, flight tracks and how they are used in planning
  • Airport safety and planning issues
  • Strategies for evaluating compatible land use during project planning

Learn how to address airport compatibility issues when preparing environmental documentation pursuant to CEQA and what to address when projects are located near an airport or within an airport influence or referral area. In-class exercises will include the use of the California Airport Land Use Planning Handbook, FAA guidance, examples of recent compatible land use plans and review criteria prepared for projects in California.

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Instruction Method
Online class

Section Notes

This is an online, remote learning course, which consists of content and curriculum that is taught with pre-recorded and real time lectures, in addition to real-time lecture/Q&A sessions with the instructors. Pre-recorded lectures and live sessions are accessed via our Canvas learning system and Zoom. 

This course is open October 12 – October 14, 2022, with a live session on October 14 2:00-4:00 PM PST.

Attendance of the live session is mandatory to receive credit for this course.

We allow registration through the first morning of the course. We cannot extend course access beyond 11:59 PM on October 14, so students pursuing a late enrollment acknowledge that they will have less time to complete the materials. Please contact the course representative with any questions. 

Enrollment Policies

Drop requests (withdraw with a refund) will be approved, less a $30 processing fee, if the request is received seven calendar days before the course begins. Click here to view complete enrollment policy information including details on withdrawals and transfers.


Group Discount

Groups of three or more, enrolled at the same time with a single payment method may receive a 10% discount on each enrollment.  Contact UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education Student Services office to enroll your group: (530) 757-8777.


Members can receive 10% discount on the course fee by entering the Coupon Code.  If you don’t have your association discount code, contact UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education Student Services at (800) 752-0881.

Info Session Discount

Attendees of UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education Information Sessions may be eligible for $100 discount on a class by entering the Coupon Code provided at the Information Session.  Contact UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education Student Services office, at (800) 752-0881, if you have questions about this discount.