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Apr 22

Ft Eustis Joint Land Use Study

Posted on April 22, 2016 at 9:15 AM by Communications Department

The City of Newport News is the project sponsor for a Joint Land Use Study (JLUS) for Fort Eustis. One of the tools administered through the Department of Defense’s Compatible Use Program, this study will bring together military4-22 ft e 3_SC and civilian stakeholders in a cooperative planning process to develop a plan that promotes compatible use between local communities and military installations, and helps sustain the military mission. It will incorporate strategies and actions to protect the military mission and the economic viability, health, safety, and quality of life of surrounding communities. The Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA), which oversees the Compatible Use Program, met with the Joint Base Langley-Eustis command and local government officials to evaluate potential land use compatibilities for the installation and surrounding jurisdictions and determined that Fort Eustis meets the requirements for a JLUS.

As the project sponsor, Newport News will be responsible for applying for a grant that will fund the majority of the planning process. The City will provide a non-federal match either with in-kind services (staff time), cash, or a combination of the two once the scope of work for the study is developed. The City will receive and administer the funds, be responsible for hiring and overseeing the planning consultant, and coordinate the overall process among the many stakeholders. It is also the City’s responsibility to ensure broad-based community input and participation by engaging a diverse group of stakeholders.

OEA is currently working with the City on the scope of work and the grant application. A Policy Committee and a Technical Working Group are being established to support the process. The Policy Committee will be comprised of leadership from affected jurisdictions and Joint Base Langley-Eustis. The Technical Working Group will be comprised of city, county, regional and military staff and serve as an advisory body to the Policy Committee. Once the grant is awarded and a consultant is hired, a stakeholder and public involvement plan will be developed to engage a diverse group of stakeholders during the planning process, which is anticipated to take 12 to 18 months to complete.