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MONTGOMERY - MAXWELL AFB JLUS OVERVIEW

What Is a Joint Land Use Study?


A Joint Land Use Study (JLUS) is a cooperative land use planning effort conducted as a joint venture between an active military installation, surrounding cities and counties, state and federal agencies, and other affected stakeholders. The Montgomery - Maxwell AFB JLUS is an 11-month study funded through a grant from the Department of Defense (DOD) Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA).

What Are the JLUS Objectives?

The primary objective of a JLUS is to reduce potential conflicts between a military installation and surrounding areas while accommodating new growth and economic development, sustaining economic vitality, and protecting the general public’s health and safety, without compromising the operational missions of the installation. JLUS programs have three core objectives:

UNDERSTANDING. Increase communication between the military, local jurisdictions, and stakeholders to promote an understanding of the strong economic and physical relationship between the installation and its neighbours.

COLLABORATION. Promote collaborative planning between the military, local jurisdictions, and stakeholders in order to safeguard the mission of the installation from future incompatible development.

ACTIONS. Develop and implement strategies for reducing the impacts of incompatible activities on the community and military operations. Design tools to support long-range compatibility.

What Will the Montgomery - Maxwell AFB JLUS Provide?

The Montgomery - Maxwell AFB JLUS will provide all stakeholders with:

  • A land use assessment for surrounding high potential areas.
  • A baseline of existing incompatible land uses around the installation.
  • An assessment of local and regional growth trends.
  • A plan to assist surrounding communities with decision-making.
  • Recommendations and strategies to promote compatible land use planning around Maxwell AFB and surrounding communities.

What Is Compatibility?

Compatibility, in relationship to military readiness, can be defined as the balance and/or compromise between community and military needs and interests. The goal of compatibility planning is to promote an environment where both entities can coexist successfully. Study area data on existing conditions obtained from the Policy Committee (PC) and Technical Committee (TC) meetings and public meetings will be analysed to identify current and future compatibility issues. This analysis will also identify the influence of regulatory measures on land use decisions and consider existing and projected development trends within the study area. A set of compatibility factors will be considered to evaluate the range of issues that influence land use compatibility. While all factors will be initially assessed, it is acknowledged that several factors may not exist within the Montgomery - Maxwell AFB JLUS area.

What Are the Compatibility Factors?

Compatibility factors address the comprehensive approach undertaken to promote land use compatibility within proximity to Maxwell AFB, they are:

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What Are JLUS Recommendations?

JLUS recommendations may involve revisions to the communities’ comprehensive plans and traditional land use and development controls, such as zoning, subdivision regulations, building codes, and so forth. Additional actions may include land exchanges, transfer of development rights, and real estate disclosure.

Have Past JLUS's Been Successful?

Previous JLUS’s have shown a high success rate. The JLUS effort can directly benefit both the jurisdiction and the installation by:

  • Protecting the health and safety of residents living or working near military installations.
  • Preserving long-term land use compatibility between the installation and the surrounding community.
  • Promoting comprehensive community planning.
  • Encouraging a cooperative spirit between the local base command and local community officials.
  • Integrating the local jurisdictions’ comprehensive plans with the installation’s plans.

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