Using GIS for Collaborative Land Use Compatibility Planning Near Airports

Compatible land uses in the vicinity of airports are important for safe and efficient aircraft operations and for the safety and well-being of people on the ground. Aircraft noise and hazards such as obstructions, navaid/communication interference, and wildlife are common issues that can be mitigated through sound land use compatibility practices. However, there are often challenges to compatibility planning efforts. First, effective land use compatibility planning can require significant amounts of data and complex technical analysis. Second, there are many stakeholders with interests in land use surrounding airports, including the airport, local governments, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), property owners, developers, and the general public; each of these stakeholders can have different and sometimes conflicting goals and missions. Geographic information system (GIS) is well-documented as a suitable and powerful tool for addressing not only the technical and analytical aspects of land use planning, but also for enhancing the opportunity for collaborative planning among stakeholders. Yet these benefits have not been fully realized with airport land use compatibility to date. Research is needed to assist airports, local governments, and other stakeholders in using GIS to help protect safety, health, quality of life, and public investments related to airports in or near their jurisdictions. This guidance will help foster greater collaboration among stakeholders. The objectives of this research are to develop guidance and resources for using GIS for land use compatibility planning in the vicinity of airports.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $350000
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 03-37

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Aviation Administration

    800 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, DC  United States  20591

    Airport Cooperative Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC    20001
  • Project Managers:

    Navarrete, Joseph

  • Performing Organizations:

    Grafton Technologies Incorporated

    Newburyport, MA  United States 
  • Principal Investigators:

    Murphy, Randy

  • Start Date: 20150826
  • Expected Completion Date: 20180831
  • Actual Completion Date: 20180831
  • Source Data: RiP Project 37574

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01543344
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 03-37
  • Files: TRB, RiP
  • Created Date: Nov 13 2014 1:00AM