Joint Land Use Study Overview

What Are the Goal and Objectives of the Joint Land Use Study?

The goal of the Fort Pickett MTC JLUS is to reduce potential land use conflicts between the installation and surrounding communities while still accommodating new compatible growth and economic development.  

The objectives of the JLUS program are:

What Did the Fort Pickett MTC Joint Land Use Study Address?

The Fort Pickett MTC JLUS provided stakeholders with:

  • An assessment of existing land uses, potential growth areas, and economic development opportunities around Fort Pickett MTC
  • Information to assist surrounding communities in making informed decisions regarding compatibility
  • Recommended strategies to promote compatible land use planning around Fort Pickett MTC and within the surrounding communities

What is Compatibility?

Compatibility, in relationship to military readiness, is 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.  JLUS Study Area data on existing conditions obtained from the JLUS Policy Committee, JLUS Technical Committee, and the public was analyzed to identify current and future compatibility issues.  This analysis also identified the influence of regulatory measures on land use decisions and considered existing and projected development trends within the JLUS Study Area.  A set of 25 compatibility factors was considered in order to identify the specific issues that influence land use compatibility in the Fort Pickett MTC region.  While all factors were assessed initially, strategies for avoiding or mitigating incompatible land uses were developed for factors shown to be of concern in the Fort Pickett MTC JLUS Study Area.

What Are the Compatibility Factors?

Compatibility factors are used as tools in a comprehensive approach undertaken to promote land use compatibility within proximity to Fort Pickett MTC. The 25 compatibility factors were the basis for issues development in the Fort Pickett MTC are:

What Are Joint Land Use Recommendations?

The overall result of the JLUS was the development of a set of recommendations that stakeholders can use to address the compatibility issues and guide compatible development in the future. The recommendations themselves are not regulatory in nature or requirements, but instead provide options for stakeholders to implement to promote compatible development and communication into the future. It will be important for the stakeholders to move forward with appropriate recommendations. The JLUS recommendations can generally be categorized into six key areas: communication, coordination, information, partnerships, policies, and regulations. The majority of issues can be addressed through non-regulatory items that promote enhanced communication, collaboration, and education, but some recommendations may involve revisions to communities’ comprehensive plans and traditional land use and development controls, such as zoning, subdivision regulations, building codes, and so forth.

This study was prepared under contract with the Commonwealth of Virginia Office of the Secretary of Veterans and Defense Affairs, with financial support from the Department of Defense Office of Local Defense Community Cooperation. The content reflects the views of the key CUP partners involved in the development of this study and does not necessarily reflect the views of the Office of Local Defense Community Cooperation.

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