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Airport Land Use Commission

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Monday, March 8, 2021
2:00 PM

Special Meeting

COG Sequoia Conference Room
2035 Tulare St., Suite 201, Fresno, CA

 



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Topic: Airport Land Use Commission
Time: Feb 1, 2021 02:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)


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Items listed as information still leave the option for guidance/direction actions by the Commission.

1.CALL TO ORDER

A.
Pledge of Allegiance

B.
Roll Call

2.Action/Discussion Items

C.
City of Mendota Cannabis Cultivation Project

Summary:  At their February 1, 2021 meeting the Commissioners considered a request from the City of Mendota and Left Mendota II, LLC for a finding of consistency on City Application No. 21-01 which proposes a new commercial cannabis facility project within the safety zones of William Robert Johnson Airport in Mendota. The project would be located at 999 Marie Street (APN 013-280-29; currently vacant) as shown on the new, attached site plan and as described in the attached Operational Statement. The site plan indicates the approximate locations of the various Safety Zones on the parcel. The City has not prepared a CEQA document or any technical study or taken any action on the project.  The ALUC tabled the item, requesting the following clarificatins and informational items be brought back with the item at their next meeting:

  • Information about greenhouses and other furture building locations
  • Clarification about future development of the site
  • Evidence of the existing fence
  • Clarification about row crops vs. potted plants
  • An explanation of removal of all activity from Zone 1 would affect the project

Each of these points are addressed in the attached document titled ALUC Review Request Letter. A photo showing the surrounding fencing is also attached. 

The revised proposed project would now sit within two airport safety zones (2 and 6) of the William Robert Johnston Municipal Airport. Zone 1 will remain vacant. Zone 2 prohibits the following uses that may be relevant to the project:

  • hazardous uses (e.g., aboveground bulk fuel storage or gas stations)
  • Natural gas & petroleum pipe
  • Office buildings greater than 3 stories
  • Labor intensive industrial uses (greater than 60 persons per acre)
  • Dumps or landfills, other than those consisting entirely of earth & rock
  • Waterways that create a bird attractant
  • Hazards to flight - include physical (e.g., tall objects), visual, and electronic forms of interference with the safety of aircraft operations.   Land use development, such as golf courses and certain types of crops, as outlined in FAA’s Advisory Circular 150/5200-33B, Hazardous Wildlife Attractants on or Near Airports, that may cause the attraction of birds to increase is also prohibited.

Other Development Conditions in Zone 2 include:

  • Airport disclosure notice required
  • Locate structures maximum distance from extended runway centerline
  • Airspace review required for objects > 35 feet tall

Zone 6's prohibited uses include the following relevant uses:

  • Hazards to flight - include physical (e.g., tall objects), visual, and electronic forms of interference with the safety of aircraft operations.  
  • Land use development, such as golf courses and certain types of crops, as outlined in FAA’s Advisory Circular 150/5200-33B
  • Hazardous Wildlife Attractants on or Near Airports, that may cause the attraction of birds to increase is also prohibited.

Zone 6's Other Development Conditions:

  • Airport disclosure notice required
  • Airspace review required for objects >100 feet tall
  • New structures are prohibited on existing terrain that penetrates 14 CFR Part 77 surfaces
  • New structures require additional airspace analysis required within the 50-foot terrain penetration buffer

The proposed project sits outside of the airport's noise contours, therefore noise is not an issue. However, an FAA Finding of no Hazard may need to be filed for this project. 

Action:  Staff recommends a Finding of Consistency for the revised City of Mendota's Application No. 21-01, Left Mendota II, LLC Commercial Cannibis Facility if an FAA Finding of No Hazard is not required. It it is then staff recommends a conditional finding.

B.ALUCP Amendment Update (Brenda Veenendaal)

Summary:   Staff will provide a verbal update to the Commission on ALUCP amendment progress.

Action: Information Item.

3.Public Presentations

This portion of the meeting is reserved for persons wishing to address the ALUC on items within its jurisdiction but not on this agenda. Note: Prior to action by the ALUC on any item on this agenda, the public may comment on that item. Unscheduled comments may be limited to 3 minutes.

4.Other Business

A.
Items from Members

B.
Items from Staff

1.  Upcoming meetings (regular schedule)

  • April 5, 2021
  • June 7, 2021

5.ADJOURN