Land Use Analysis on Vertiports Based on a Case Study of the San Francisco Bay Area

In this research, we focus on a land use study of vertiport planning. Vertiports are an emerging and special land use category. They will require available land with safe clearance, political support, equitable community acceptance, and compatible zoning. General plans and zoning ordinances in California have yet to adopt vertiport use classifications due to limited existing data. In this research, we will first complete an extensive literature review, followed by an in-depth case study based on San Francisco Bay Area, and then make recommendations on both general land use policies for vertiport planning and a template for future land use studies in other regions in California.

Mineta Consortium for Transportation Mobility
San José State University
Principal Investigator: 
Wenbin Wei & Kerry Rohrmeier
PI Contact Information: 

Mineta Transportation Institute
San José State University
210 N. 4th St., 4th Floor
San José, CA 95112

Funding Source(s) and Amounts Provided (by each agency or organization): 

California Department of Transportation - $100,010.00

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November 2021 to January 2023
Impacts/Benefits of Implementation: 

Based on the literature review and in-depth case study, we will make recommendations regarding vertiport land use policies for local governments in California. In addition, for future vertiport land use studies in other regions.

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