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All projects at San Diego International Airport must undergo environmental review as required by the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and the Authority must coordinate with federal agencies on review under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).

In addition, since San Diego International Airport is located entirely within California's Coastal Zone, the Coastal Act of 1976 requires that any development at the airport receive a coastal development permit or an exemption from permit requirements. The Airport Authority is responsible for complying with the Coastal Act and seeks permits or permit exemptions for all development occurring at the airport.

The Airport Authority recognizes that development projects at San Diego International Airport have potential impacts on noise, transportation, water quality, endangered species and other resources. The Airport Authority takes its role as an environmental steward seriously and is committed to utilizing the environmental review process to identify and avoid or minimize impacts to the environment. A flow chart describing the CEQA environmental review process may be found here.

Projects requiring environmental review are included in the chart below. Past projects, such as the Master Plan, are included as well.

Project Name Comments Due Report State or Federal
San Diego International Airport Master Plan –
Addendum to Final EIR
--- Addendum State CEQA
San Diego International Airport –
Airport Land Use Compatibility Plan EIR Addendum
--- Addendum State CEQA
San Diego International Airport –
Airport Land Use Compatibility Plan Final EIR
--- Final EIR State CEQA
Runway 9 Displaced Threshold --- Final EA Federal NEPA
Northside Improvements --- Final EA Federal NEPA
Northside Improvements --- Final SEIR State CEQA
San Diego International Airport Master Plan --- Final EIR State CEQA

NOI = Notice of Intent ND = Negative Declaration NOP = Notice of Preparation EIR = Environmental Impact Report
EA - Environmental Assessment

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