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Airport and Compatible Land-Use Program Guidebook

WSDOT Aviation has updated its Airport and Compatible Land-Use Program Guidebook to better assist airports, local jurisdictions, elected officials and aviation advocates in meeting planning requirements outlined in state law. The updated guidebook does not change land-use requirements for towns, cities and counties. Instead, the new version will use graphics and visuals to present land-use planning concepts in an engaging, reader-friendly way.

Watch the introductory video

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WSDOT Aviation - Airports and Compatible Land Use Guidebook

Cover (pdf 1,225 kb)

Executive Summary (pdf 443 kb)

Acknowledgements (pdf 632 kb)

Contents (pdf 256 kb )

Chapter 1 (pdf 1,641 kb)

Chapter 2 (pdf 4,043 kb)

Chapter 3 (pdf 2,224 kb)


Appendix A : Formal Consultation  (pdf 492 kb)
Appendix B : Noise  (pdf 2,994 kb)
Appendix C : Airport Influence Area  (pdf 4,553 kb)
Appendix D : Airspace Protection (pdf 2,911 kb)
Appendix E : Safety  (pdf 3,047 kb)
Appendix F : Compatibility Critical Matrixes  (pdf 1,109 kb)
Appendix G : Legal Framework  (pdf 456 kb)
Appendix H : Worksheets - includes Worksheets 1A - 7A (pdf 636 kb)
Appendix I : Model Documents (pdf 221 kb)
Appendix J : Model Comprehensive Goals and Policies  (pdf 223 kb)

Glossary (pdf 226 kb)

Acronyms (pdf 220 kb)

Bibliography (pdf 373 kb)

Public outreach

Public meetings:
WSDOT hosted several community meetings across the state to review and discuss the new guidebook. The meetings occurred from 3 to 5 p.m.

  • Monday, May 24, at the Arlington Airport office , 18204 59th Dr NE, Arlington, WA 98223.
  • Tuesday, May 25 at the Port of Chehalis office , 321 Maurin Road Chehalis, WA 98532.
  • Wednesday, May 26 at the Yakima Library , downtown branch, 102 N Third St, Yakima, WA 98901
  • Thursday, May 27 at the Spokane Library , downtown branch, 906 West Main, Spokane, WA 99201

Download a copy of the presentation given at the public meetings (pdf 2 mb).

Opportunities to review public comment:
WSDOT offered two public comment periods for the guidebook: a 30-day public comment period on May 10, and a 10-day public comment period on Oct. 27.

Public comment

WSDOT wants to hear your comments and suggestions about the land-use guidebook. Please take a moment to share your thoughts, or pass on the comment form to those you think might be interested in commenting.

Download a comment form (pdf 18 kb)

More information

For more information about the updated guidebook or to submit comments or questions, contact WSDOT Aviation planner Carter Timmerman at 360-651-6312 or .