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Planning & Zoning Frequently Asked Questions
Q: During our re-zoning process WHEN should we contact MnDOT Office of Aeronautics?
A: Early and Often. Please call or email any of the Contacts on the Zoning Staff page.
Q: How does the "MnDOT Clear Area" relate to Zoning?
A: Although similar in shape (trapezoidal), the "MnDOT Clear Area" is not related to Land Use Safety Zones A or B. The "MnDOT Clear Area" is described by Policy Statement No. 1 Clear Area Requirements, a document that outlines which parcels of land are encouraged by the Office of Aeronautics to be purchased (with State Grant assistance) in fee title by the airport owner.
Q: What changes in Land Use Zoning are implicated by the proposed 2005 Rule Changes?
A: None, the changes in the rules effect the airspace definitions.
Q: What is the difference between Land Use Zones and Airspace Zones?
A: Land Use Zones protect the safety and property of people on the ground. The open space they provide gives a pilot alternatives for landing in an emergency situation, much like the shoulder of a roadway can be used by a car with mechanical trouble. Airspace Zones provide a "stadium" of air around the runway surface in which the pilot operates the airplane during the normal approach and landing pattern.
Q: Does application of an Airport Zone over real property mean the property owner is entitled to compensation?
A: Not necessarily, takings law considers the value of the property as a whole, not just the portion which is restricted by the new zoning. If a reasonable use of the property remains, even if it is not "the highest and best use", a case for a taking claim is unlikely to succeed.
Q: What (who) is an affiant?
A: In Law, one who makes an affidavit.
Takings Law in Plain English by Christopher J. Duerksen & Richard J. Roddewig