Placer County ALUCP Update: Recommended ALUCP Land Use Matrix with Floor Area Ratios

The Placer County Transportation Planning Agency (PCTPA) is seeking input on a proposed Basic Compatibility Criteria table to be included in the 2013 Placer County Airport Land Use Compatibility Plan Update. The proposed table is intended to replace Table 2A, Primary Compatibility Criteria included in the adopted (2000) Placer County Airport Land Use Compatibility Plan. Please note the format of the compatibility criteria differ significantly between the two tables. A brief description of these differences is provided below. We request that comments on the proposed Basic Compatibility Criteria table be provided to David Melko at PCTPA by July 19, 2013.

2000 ALUCP
The Primary Compatibility Criteria table included in the 2000 ALUCP identifies the primary compatibility criteria applicable within each compatibility zone. The criteria establish limits on densities of residential uses and intensities (maximum number of people per acre) of nonresidential uses. The table also provides a list of uses to be prohibited within various portions of the airport influence area. Other development conditions and compatibility considerations are noted as well. The general compatibility criteria listed in Table 2A, together with the supporting compatibility policies in Chapter 4 of the 2000 ALUCP and the compatibility map for each airport, are used by the ALUC or local jurisdiction to evaluate the compatibility of specific types of land uses.

Although described as an implementation tool rather than ALUC policy, a detailed land use matrix is provided in Appendix D of the 2000 ALUCP. The matrix makes an initial determination of the compatibility of specific land use types with the general compatibility criteria listed in Table 2A. The matrix categorizes each land use as incompatible, potentially compatible with restrictions, or compatible.

2013 ALUCP Update
The proposed Basic Compatibility Criteria table format combines the general compatibility criteria with the detailed land use matrix as a form of ALUC policy. The ALUCP Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) recognized that a detailed list and evaluation of individual land uses would provide greater clarity as to how the criteria would affect specific types of development and that this in turn would facilitate implementation at the local agency level.

The proposed Basic Compatibility Criteria table also provides floor area ratios (FARs) as a means of translating the nonresidential intensity limits (maximum number of people per acre) applicable within each compatibility zone. At a June 4, 2013 workshop, Lincoln stakeholders had indicated support of this addition to the detailed land use matrix.

Should you have questions or comments, please feel free to contact David Melko at (530) 823-4090 or at dmelko@pctpa.net.

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