Airport Land Use Commission has first meeting |

Airport Land Use Commission has first meeting

Isaac Brambila

The newly formed Airport Land Use Commission held its first meeting Thursday afternoon at the City Council Chambers, where two new members were sworn in and a chair and vice-chair were appointed.

The commission appointed Scott Michal and Michael Siracuse as the two required experts. Michal flew as a captain for Delta Air Lines and Continental Airlines while Siracuse was part of the U.S. Nave and was a pilot for approximately 13 years. In other business, Judy Brown was appointed as the commission's chair and Michal was appointed vice-chair.

The commission, which is made up of the Planning Commission members in addition to the two aviation experts, is tasked with protecting public health, safety and welfare through land measures that minimize excessive noise and safety hazards in areas around public airports. It will also be responsible of preparing an Airport Land Use Compatibility Plan (ALUCP) and make sure city plans are consistent with that plan. However, the commission will not have jurisdiction over airport operations, such as number of flights, flight patterns, types of aircrafts and operating hours. It also does not have authority over existing land uses.

A specific issue that Michal and Siracuse suggested addressing in the future was the use of unmanned aerial vehicles, also known as drones, in the area and the effects they may have, such as fire hazards.

The board was appointed by the South Lake Tahoe City Council and its meetings are subject to the Brown Act rules.