Hawthorne City Council Ready to Approve Development Despite Warning

On Tuesday January 9th, the pro-development City Council of Hawthorne is going to vote to pass a resolution that will allow residential development into the runway protection zone RPZ against the conclusions and recommendations of both the Los Angeles Airport Land Use Commission (ALUC) and the FAA The city council will vote on overriding the Airport Land Use Commission (ALUC) decision that the development project is inconsistent with the Comprehensive Land Use Plan (CLUP). The project would include building a retail store that would extend into the runway protection zone (RPZ). While not widely known, the project would also include a new “gated” residential development which would replace office structures of one-time aerospace industry. The homes will fall in what the state’s AB2776 considers the Airport Influence Area (i.e., within 2 miles of the airport), however, when California established the guidance for CLUP and ALUC planning, the county of Los Angeles was given significant leeway in being able to establish the various airport identification of Airport Influence areas as being as little as and airport fence or 65 db CNEL pattern. In the proposed HHR development, the homes would be in the airport influence areaexcept for the unrealistic definition of that area at HHR.

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