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JLUS Overview


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 NAS Meridian JLUS is an 18-month study funded through a grant from the Department of Defense (DOD), Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA) with contributions by the local sponsor, the County of Lauderdale.

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 neighbors.

COLLABORATION. Promote cooperative land use and resource planning between the NAS Meridian, local jurisdictions, and stakeholders so that future development is compatible with the training and operational missions at the installation, while simultaneously seeking ways to reduce operational impacts on adjacent public and private land.

ACTIONS. Develop and implement strategies and tools designed to address compatibility issues identified during the JLUS process.

How Will the JLUS Be Developed?

The project will include nine major tasks that are built upon each other:

Task 1: Project Initiation
Task 2: Public Involvement
Task 3: Existing Conditions Analysis and Mapping
Task 4: Identification and Analysis of Land Use and Facilities Conflicts
Task 5: Analysis of Future Land Use Conflicts
Task 6: Changes to Regulatory Framework
Task 7: Draft and Final JLUS Reports
Task 8: Implementation Plan
Task 9: Present Final Report & Implementation Plan

What Will the NAS Meridian JLUS Address?

The NAS Meridian JLUS will:

  • Promote community and economic development that is compatible with military training and operational missions.
  • Seek ways to reduce operational impacts on adjacent land.
  • Encourage local governments, together with the State, to work closely with the NAS Meridian to implement measures to prevent the future incompatible civilian development that may impair the continued operational utility of NAS Meridian
  • Seek ways to preserve and protect the public health, safety, and welfare of those living near the active military installation, and under associated airspace, military training routes, and military operating areas.
  • Provide a plan to assist surrounding communities with sound, military compatible decision-making.
  • Recommend strategies to promote compatible land use planning around NAS Meridian and areas of overflight.

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 Working Group (TWG) meetings and public workshops will be analyzed 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 25 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 not all factors may be relevant to this JLUS.

What Are the Compatibility Factors?

The compatibility factors identified below represent a comprehensive approach to addressing land use compatibility proximate to NAS Meridian.

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What Are JLUS Recommendations?

JLUS recommendations are a set of actions to remedy both current and potential land use conflicts that enhanced communications and information exchange; legislative actions; policy changes such as revisions to community comprehensive plans; and regulatory reform to traditional land use and development controls, such as zoning, subdivision regulations, and building codes, etc. Recommended actions may include land exchanges, transfer of development rights, development clustering, 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.