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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 Keesler AFB JLUS is an 18-month study funded through a grant from the Department of Defense (DOD) Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA).

What Are the JLUS Objectives?

The goal of a JLUS is to achieve a balance between preserving, sustaining and supporting the evolving mission needs of a military installation and protecting opportunities for community growth, economic viability and quality of life through a proactive, transparent and collaborative process. Joint Land Use programs have three core objectives:

UNDERSTANDING. Convening communities, agency representatives, and Keesler AFB to promote awareness and shared knowledge of the economic, physical and mutually beneficial relationship between Keesler AFB and its neighbors, taking into consideration community and military viewpoints and needs.

COLLABORATION. Encouraging cooperative land use and resource planning between the military, local jurisdictions and stakeholders to cultivate a consistent approach to community growth and development while safeguarding military operations and mission readiness in support of national defense objectives.

ACTIONS. Providing a set of recommended tools, activities, and procedures that local jurisdictions, agencies, and Keesler AFB can use to implement the recommendations developed during the JLUS process.

What Will the Keesler AFB JLUS Provide?

The Keesler AFB JLUS will provide all stakeholders with:

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

What Is Compatibility?

Compatibility, relative 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, Advisory Committee, Technical Subcommittee, 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 JLUS 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, several factors may not exist within the Keesler AFB JLUS area.

What Are the Compatibility Factors?

Compatibility factors address the comprehensive approach undertaken to promote land use compatibility within proximity to Keesler AFB. The 25 factors are:

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What Are JLUS Recommendations?

JLUS recommendations can be categorized into five key areas: communication, coordination, information, policy and regulatory and 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 disclosures.

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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This study was prepared under contract with the Gulf Regional Planning Commission, Mississippi, with financial support from the Office of Economic Adjustment, Department of Defense and the Mississippi Development Authority. The content reflects the views of the Gulf Regional Planning Commission and does not necessarily reflect the views of the Office of Economic Adjustment or the Mississippi Development Authority.