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Offutt AFB Joint Land Use Study 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 Offutt AFB JLUS is a study funded through a grant from the Department of Defense (DOD) Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA) and contributions by the local sponsor, the Metropolitan Area Planning Agency.

What Are the JLUS Objectives?

The primary goal 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. Encourage cooperative land use and resource planning between Offutt AFB and area stakeholders so that future development is compatible with the training and operational missions at the installation, while at the same time seeking ways to reduce operational impacts on adjacent public and private lands.

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

What Will The Offutt AFB JLUS Address?

The Offutt AFB JLUS will provide all stakeholders with:

  • A detailed land use assessment for surrounding areas.
  • A baseline of existing incompatible land uses around the installation.
  • An assessment of regional growth trends.
  • Resources that will assist surrounding communities with the information needed to support future decision-making.
  • Recommendations and strategies to promote compatible land use planning in 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 and Technical Advisory Committee workshops 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 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 of them may not exist within the Offutt AFB JLUS area. While all factors will be initially assessed, it is acknowledged that several of them may not exist within the Offutt AFB JLUS area.

What Are the Compatibility Factors

There are 25 compatibility factors that will be looked at during the JLUS process. These compatibility factors address the comprehensive approach undertaken to promote land use compatibility within proximity to Offutt AFB. The 25 compatibility factors are listed below.

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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, structural height restrictions, as well as promotion of planned unit development concepts. Additional actions may include amending local building codes to require increased sound attenuation in existing and new buildings, land exchanges, transfer of development rights, and real estate disclosure.

How 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, safety, and welfare 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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