Airspace Protection and Land Use Zoning: A Nationwide Review of State Statutes

Airport owners are responsible for protecting airports from hazards that could interfere with the safe operation and navigation of the aircraft they serve. Airport owners must comply with various state and federal regulations designed to prevent obstructions to airspace and to ensure compatible land uses around airports. States use several methods to achieve this compliance, including requiring permits for tall structures and establishing airport zoning. Airport zoning generally falls into two categories: height limitation zoning and land use zoning. Most states empower local governments to adopt and enforce airport zoning ordinances, and some states require it. The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) is analyzing Minnesota’s existing statutes and rules regarding airport safety zoning to determine whether updates are needed. MnDOT is especially interested in identifying how other states approach the issue of requiring local governments to enact land use zoning. This synthesis serves as a step toward identifying other states’ approaches to airport zoning and will help inform future updates to Minnesota statutes and rules.


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  • Accession Number: 01600660
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Created Date: May 25 2016 12:38PM