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Colorado Springs Leaders to Launch Land Use Study for Area Bases

  • October 2, 2015
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The Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments will lead a joint land use study aimed at promoting community development that is compatible with military training, testing and operational missions at the U.S. Air Force Academy, Fort Carson and Peterson Air Force Base. The Colorado Springs Regional Joint Land Use Study, funded through an $800,000 grant from DOD’s Office of Economic Adjustment, will produce a strategic plan to preserve military readiness and defense capabilities at those military facilities while supporting jointly beneficial adjacent land uses. The council of governments will match the OEA grant with an additional $100,000 in local funds …

Camp Blanding Resources Manager, Virginia Partnership Picked for Nancy Natoli Élan Award

  • September 30, 2015
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A natural resources manager that has helped protect a Florida National Guard facility from encroachment and a partnership of federal agencies and conservation groups that has enhanced mission readiness at Fort A.P. Hill in Virginia have received the 2015 Nancy Natoli Élan Award for Innovation in Land Conservation from the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities. Paul Catlett has helped protect more than 21,000 acres from development that threatened both the training mission at the Army National Guard’s Camp Blanding Joint Training Center and the rich diversity of habitats and wildlife in northeastern Florida. One project protected 1,600 acres of sandhills habitat preferred by the at-risk gopher tortoise, to which gopher tortoises may be relocated from Camp Blanding …

Connecticut Towns Launch Study to Protect National Guard Facility from Encroachment

  • September 20, 2015
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Residents from three towns in southeastern Connecticut last week learned about a joint land use study just under way that aims to limit incompatible development outside a local Connecticut Army National Guard installation. The 15-month study will look at the 2,000-acre Stones Ranch Military Reservation — located in East Lyme, Lyme and Old Lyme — as well as Camp Niantic, located in East Lyme. The study will assess the impact of dozens of factors — including vertical obstruction, noise, light and glare, air quality and trespassing — on the reservation’s training activities …

Land Use Study Calls for Tighter Links between Proving Ground, Community

  • September 17, 2015
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The draft version of a joint land use study for Aberdeen Proving Ground recommends a variety of strategies for reducing land use conflicts outside the Army post in northeastern Maryland, including strengthening links between the installation and the surrounding communities. “A lot of the emphasis of the project is on communication and coordination,” Patrick Small, planning leader for the study, told residents at a public workshop Monday. For starters, a coordination committee made up of installation officials and community representatives should be established “to make sure that momentum that was developed over the course of the project continued through the implementation,” said Small …

OEA Grant to Support Relocation Study for MCAS Yuma Neighbor

  • September 14, 2015
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DOD’s Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA) is funding half the cost of a $400,000 study of possible options for relocating the Yuma County Fairgrounds, which lies inside the clear zone and accident potential zone No. 1 for Marine Corps Air Station Yuma in southwestern Arizona. The Yuma City Council last week voted to accept the $200,000 grant; the state Military Affairs Commission is matching the grant with an equivalent award, reported the Yuma Sun. Concern about the proximity of the fairgrounds to the air station has grown in recent years as the property has become increasingly busy; it now is used for 200 days annually. The primary task of the consultant that carries out the study will be assessing the feasibility of new locations for the fairgrounds. A final report is due Oct. 31, 2016. The fairgrounds consists of about 120 acres and is located across the street from the air station, which shares a joint use airfield with Yuma International Airport.

Energy Transmission Line to Avoid Portion of White Sands

  • September 14, 2015
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A power transmission line that will carry renewable energy across the Southwestern United States will follow its original planned path rather than one that would run north of the White Sands Missile Range (WSMR) call-up area. New Mexico State Land Commissioner Aubrey Dunn expressed concern the potential realignment would affect operations of the military training and missile testing done in that portion of the base.

Washington Governor to Determine Fate of Spokane Casino Project

  • September 11, 2015
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In the coming weeks, or months, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (D) is slated to decide the fate of a casino and resort project proposed by the Spokane Tribe that could interfere with training at Fairchild Air Force Base. Because the planned casino is located only one mile from Fairchild and lies under the path of training flights from the installation, leaders in Eastern Washington and other base supporters oppose the project, which the U.S. Interior Department approved in June following a two-year review. Inslee’s office declined to say if the governor was leaning in a particular direction …

Local Initiative Provides Pennsylvania Depot Opportunity for Expansion

  • September 7, 2015
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Local leaders and officials from Tobyhanna Army Depot last month celebrated the transfer of a 40-acre parcel to the Army as part of an effort to protect the northeastern Pennsylvania facility from encroachment and provide it the ability to expand its mission. A partnership involving the Northeastern Pennsylvania Alliance and the Pennsylvania Military Community Enhancement Commission purchased the tract and gave it to the Army, reported the Times Leader. The transfer has been in development for almost 10 years and required the support of federal and state offices, the military enhancement commission, and local and regional economic entities …

Effort to Buffer Robins AFB nears Milestone

  • September 4, 2015
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The multi-year effort by the state and a regional authority to buy properties surrounding Robins Air Force Base in Middle Georgia in an attempt to lower the residential density around the airfield is closing in on its 300th purchase. Last week, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources approved the purchase of eight more properties. Officials continue to look for properties near the installation to buy and demolish, reported “We’re doing active outreach” to property owners, said Dwight Davis, a member of the agency’s board. By the end of the year, the state plans to have closed on 68 properties. In addition, the Central Georgia Joint Development Authority has purchased 214 properties. To date, the two agencies have spent about $20.5 million to help protect Robins from urban development. The two have allocated a total of $30 million to the effort to fight encroachment.

Court Rebuffs Neighbors’ Complaints over Noise from Navy Growlers at Washington Base

  • August 14, 2015
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A federal judge this week refused to grant an injunction sought by residents in northwest Washington state to suspend flights of EA-18G Growler aircraft based at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island to an outlying landing field (OLF) to practice takeoffs and landings. The neighbors complained that the flights to OLF Coupeville, which resumed early last year following a temporary moratorium, were causing serious health effects due to noise. U.S. District Judge Thomas Zilly, however, ruled that the group of residents known as Citizens of the Ebey’s Reserve for a Healthy, Safe and Peaceful Environment failed to show that overflights by the Navy’s newest electronic-warfare aircraft were significantly louder than described in a 2005 environmental assessment, reported the Seattle Times …

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