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Posts Tagged ‘encroachment’

Air Force Proposes Expanding Utah Range to Prevent Encroachment

  • October 21, 2014
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The Air Force needs to add about 700,000 acres around the perimeter of the Utah Test and Training Range to protect F-35 flight training from potential encroachment, officials told about 50 residents at a public meeting Monday in western Utah. “If someone puts a wind farm there, I’m done testing,” Chris Robinson, the range’s director of operations, said while pointing to a map of the proposed expansion area. A wind farm would obstruct the airspace around the range and create electronic interference …

Navy to Consider Basing Additional Jets at NAS Whidbey Island

  • October 16, 2014
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The Navy last week said it would revise the scope of an ongoing environmental impact statement (EIS) at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island to assess the impacts of basing up to 36 additional EA-18G Growler aircraft at the northwest Washington base. The initial EIS evaluated the impacts associated with adding two new expeditionary squadrons including up to 14 Growler aircraft. Last week’s announcement follows a Navy request earlier this year for 22 additional Growlers made as part of the fiscal 2015 budget submission …

Florida Awards $2.5M to Communities to Support Local Installations

  • October 14, 2014
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Fourteen defense communities in Florida will receive a combined $2.5 million to support 19 installations through a variety of activities, Gov. Rick Scott announced Tuesday. Ten counties received $1.6 million in defense infrastructure grants for local projects covering encroachment, transportation and access, utilities, communications, environment or security. Infrastructure grants are awarded to local projects deemed to have a positive impact on the military value of the installation in addition to benefitting the community. Twelve counties received $850,000 in defense reinvestment grants, which are designed to support relationships between military installations and their community …

Army, BLM Officials Hear Concerns over Helicopter Noise

  • October 13, 2014
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Residents in three counties west of Fort Carson, Colo., told officials from the Army and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) that their primary concern about a proposal for high-altitude helicopter training on BLM land was the potential for increased noise levels. “I would say there was a lot of concern over the noise of the helicopters and the routes that were being used,” said a BLM spokesman. The Army wants to expand helicopter training across federal lands within a 50-mile radius of the post. Since forming the 4th Combat Aviation Brigade, which soon will have all 112 of its helicopters, the Army’s need for helicopter training has increased …

El Paso, Southern New Mexico JLUS Reveals Roadmap for Protecting Region’s Bases

  • October 13, 2014
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There are a number of strategies El Paso, Texas, and communities in southern New Mexico can pursue to prevent encroachment surrounding Fort Bliss, White Sands Missile Range and Holloman AFB, according to draft results from a recently completed joint land use study. The most urgent strategies for ensuring compatible land uses in the region include mapping regional energy development opportunities, promoting interagency consultation on land use, promoting an integrated regional water planning process and establishing a notification process for vertical structures, Elizabeth Drake, the JLUS project manager for AECOM, told a public meeting last week in Alamogordo, N.M. …

County Extends Ban on Tall Energy Facilities to Protect Travis AFB

  • October 8, 2014
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In an effort to protect operations at Travis Air Force Base in northern California, the Solano County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday extended a prohibition on commercial renewable energy and wireless communication facilities exceeding 200 feet in height in the unincorporated parts of the county. The measure extends an interim ordinance for one year to address potential impacts to the installation’s radar operation and a new C-17 assault landing zone. “Both are potentially threatened by increased renewable energy development,” staff noted in a report to the board …

County Continues Effort to Protect New Jersey Base from Encroachment

  • October 8, 2014
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The Ocean County Natural Lands Trust Fund is purchasing a 167-acre tract outside of Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, extending the community’s effort to provide a buffer for the central New Jersey installation. In recent years, the county and the Pentagon have partnered to protect 13 properties totaling 8,574 acres neighboring the base, which sits in Burlington and Ocean counties, reported the Messenger-Press. DOD has provided $6.1 million out of a total cost of $14.8 million to purchase the properties. The purchase of another 11 properties by the base totaling 2,536 acres is pending …

Crowdfunding Offers Communities New Opportunities

  • September 28, 2014
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Facing major financial issues in the wake of the Great Recession, Jenks Park in Central Falls, R.I., faced a major issue: the park was often littered with garbage and debris because the only available trash cans in the park were low-quality plastic bins.

Northeastern Maryland Communities Embark on Land Use Study for Proving Ground

  • September 17, 2014
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Residents, business leaders and local officials from communities surrounding Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., gathered at two public workshops this week to learn about the joint land use study being launched to ensure land uses around the installation remain compatible with its existing and future missions. The study is expected to focus on a variety of issues that could result in conflicts — including noise, safety zones, light and glare, vertical obstructions, roadway capacity and air quality, according to the Chesapeake Science & Security Corridor, which is coordinating the effort …

Local Officials Support Encroachment Study for NAS Meridian

  • September 4, 2014
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The Lauderdale County Board of Supervisors this week approved a resolution favoring the county’s participation in a joint land use study to ensure growth surrounding Naval Air Station Meridian remains compatible with the pilot training mission at the base in east central Mississippi. The installation’s primary concerns are noise from jets taking off and landing and the safety of residences located close to its runways, according to Jim Copeland, the installation’s community plans and liaison officer …

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