• OEA Grant Funds Implementation Phase of Southern New Mexico, El Paso JLUS0

    DOD’s Office of Economic Adjustment is providing funding for Doña Ana County, N.M., to implement key recommendations from the Southern New Mexico/El Paso Joint Land Use Study, which looked at ways to reduce incompatible development outside White Sands Missile Range, Fort Bliss and Holloman Air Force Base. The $588,590 grant to Doña Ana County, which is acting as the project’s fiscal agent, will pay for environmental studies, plan and policy development, and new and amended zoning initiatives needed to help the three installations and surrounding communities limit encroachment and strengthen existing partnerships. Participants in the initiative include Doña Ana, Sierra, Lincoln and Socorro counties in New Mexico; El Paso County in Texas; the cities of Las Cruces and Alamogordo in New Mexico; and the city of El Paso. The Doña Ana County Community Development Department recently hired a regional compatibility planner to coordinate the effort to implement the study’s recommendations. To learn more about the study and the proposed implementation strategies, visit the Doña Ana County website.

  • Pikes Peak COG Seeks Consultant for JLUS for Colorado Springs Region0

    The Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments is seeking a consultant to prepare a joint land use study for Colorado Springs to provide guidance for addressing incompatible land uses to installations, communities and the private sector. For the Colorado Springs Regional Joint Land Use Study to successfully identify the issues and appropriate strategies to resolve them, a robust public process is critical. Transparency in developing community plans and a concerted effort to identify and address the concerns of all stakeholders is critical to building mutual trust and gaining buy-in for the ultimate product. The RFP can be found on the PPACG website. Questions concerning the RFP will be accepted until 12 p.m., March 9, and should be sent to Angela Essing, JLUS Program Manager, aessing@ppacg.org. Questions will be answered within 24 hours and posted on the website. Submissions must be received by 12 p.m. on March 14 to Angela Essing.

  • Hampton Roads Communities to Study Best Ways to Protect Ft. Eustis from Encroachment

    Hampton Roads Communities to Study Best Ways to Protect Ft. Eustis from Encroachment0

    Multiple jurisdictions surrounding Joint Base Langley-Eustis will begin a joint land use study shortly to limit incompatible development outside the joint base in the Hampton Roads region of Virginia. James City County, York County, Newport News and Hampton are participating in the effort. The study has been approved by the Defense Department; the Office of Economic Adjustment is expected to allocate funding after it reviews the scope of work for the study, the Virginia Gazette reported this week. The possibility of new development interfering with operations at Fort Eustis assumed greater urgency when BASF Corp. applied to change its land use designation in James City County’s comprehensive plan for land it owns along the James River to mixed use. The corporation is considering selling the property to a potential waterfront developer. DOD said development on that land could come into conflict with operations at Fort Eustis …

  • Montana Jurisdictions Begin Process to Carry out JLUS Recommendations for Ft. Harrison

    Montana Jurisdictions Begin Process to Carry out JLUS Recommendations for Ft. Harrison0

    Officials in Helena, Mont., and two neighboring counties are beginning a 14-month effort to address land use and other compatibility issues that could interfere with operations at 6,730-acre Fort Harrison, a Montana National Guard training facility. A Helena-based planning firm will focus on eight concerns identified in a joint land use study, including light pollution and tall structures. The study identified issues associated with 18 of 23 compatibility factors, including land use, safety, noise, vibration, light and glare, land and air space, and interagency coordination and communication …

  • Communities Endorse JLUS Recommendations for California Navy Base

    Communities Endorse JLUS Recommendations for California Navy Base0

    Neighboring communities of Naval Base Ventura County in Southern California have voted to support the recommendations of the installation’s joint land use study (JLUS), which covers actions such as anti-terrorism security measures, a climate change study and municipal ordinances protecting open space. The $225,000 study for the base — formed by the merger of Naval Air Station Point Mugu, Naval Construction Battalion Center Port Hueneme and San Nicolas Island — calls for improving security at the perimeter of Port Hueneme and preparing a climate change assessment focusing on sea level rise, reported the Ventura County Star. In putting the final report together, the policy committee for the study tweaked a proposal in the draft recommending that “Ventura County and the cities should support SOAR [Save Open Space and Agricultural Resources] ordinances for renewal” to help protect the base from further encroachment …

  • Study to Resolve Potential Conflicts between MCAS Cherry Point, Neighbors0

    A joint land use study under way for Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point on the coast of North Carolina will address a number of potential conflicts between the base’s mission and neighboring land uses, including the construction of tall structures such as windmills, the density of development surrounding the airfield, noise impacts from the new F-35 Joint Strike Fighter and the use of surrounding waterways by boaters and commercial fishermen.
    “The JLUS process is fostering a good working relationship among the military installations and all neighboring communities to act as a team to prevent or curtail encroachment issues associated with the military mission,” said Steve Player, project development manager for the Wooten Company, which is preparing the study …