What is a Joint Land Use Study?

In 1985 Congress authorized the Department of Defense (DoD) to offer community planning assistance grants to help local governments address land use incompatibilities around military facilities. These grants are administered by the Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA) and are used to fund cooperative planning efforts called Joint Land Use Studies (JLUS) involving the base, local government, and the public.

In August of 2013, the Souris Basin Planning Council (SBPC) submitted a grant application for funding assistance to conduct a JLUS. Local matching funds were provided by the Minot Chamber of Commerce. A grant was awarded and in February of 2014 a consulting team, SRF Consulting Group, Inc. with HDR Inc., was selected to conduct the study. The SBPC is the project sponsor and coordinating entity.

The purposes of the JLUS are multidimensional and are designed to serve the overlapping interests of the public and the military.



Where will the Joint Land Use Study be conducted?

The study area is quite large. It includes the Minot Air Force Base (MAFB) and the eight surrounding counties where 150 missile silos (Launch Facilities) and Missile Alert Facilities are located.


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Who will be involved in the Joint Land Use Study?

Public participation is an integral part of the JLUS planning process to help ensure decisions are made in consideration of and to benefit public needs and preferences. Early and continuous public involvement will bring diverse viewpoints and values into the decision-making process. This process enables the participants to make better informed decisions through collaborative efforts and builds mutual understanding and trust among stakeholders and the general public. Throughout the course of the project, nine public participation meetings will be held at various locations throughout the study area to obtain input and insights from local residents.

The Souris Basin Planning Council has established a Policy Committee and a Technical Committee to steer this project. The JLUS Technical Committee will serve as an advisory body to the JLUS Policy Committee and will include the planners and zoning administrators of each jurisdiction and MAFB staff to assist with data gathering and technical input and review throughout the study process. The JLUS Policy Committee is comprised of a representative from each County, the City of Minot, Fort Berthold Indian Reservation, Minot International Airport, Minot Area Chamber of Commerce, North Dakota Department of Commerce, MAFB (ex-officio), and the energy industry.

Policy Committee

John McMartin Minot Area Chamber of Commerce
Colonel Robert Vercher Minot Air Force Base
Colonel Alexis Mezynski Minot Air Force Base
John Schneider ND Department of Commerce
Jack Nybakken Ward County
George Withus City of Minot
Todd Streich Bottineau County
David Sellie Burke County
Ryan Taylor McHenry County
Arlo Borud Mountrail County
Barry Suydam McLean County
Arnold Langehaug Renville County
Howard Erdmann Sheridan County
Glenda Baker-Embry, PIO Fort Berthold Indian Reservation
Lyndsay Ulrickson Souris Basin Planning Council

Technical Committee

Lisa Peterson Bottineau County
Marla MacBeth Burke County
Donna Bye City of Minot
Darlene Carpenter McHenry County
Todd Schreiner McLean County
Andrew Solsvig Minot International Airport
Donald Longmuir Mountrail County
Kristy Titus Renville County
Shirley Murray Sheridan County
Amber Turnquest Ward County
Capt Eric Diehl Minot Air Force Base
Lt. Benjamin Lund Minot Air Force Base
Joey Specht Minot Air Force Base
Alexis Brinkman ND Petroleum Council


What Does the Joint Land Use Study Consist of?

To achieve the project purposes mentioned earlier, characteristics of the study area will be collected and presented to the JLUS Committees and the public.

Data Collection and Mapping

Data will be collected from the Minot Air Force Base, all participating jurisdictions and other sources. Because most information will be connected to a location, a significant mapping effort will be performed to illustrate the data.

Stakeholder Interviews

To obtain first-hand knowledge of physical characteristics on land surrounding military installations, existing concerns and potential future issues, interviews will be conducted of participating local government staff and elected officials of cities, counties and townships in the study area, State government staff and elected officials, various agency and institution managers, OEA and military personnel, and oil industry representatives. Information gathered will be compiled, presented to the JLUS Committees, the public, and posted on this website.

Conflict/Compatibility Analysis

Current and potential areas of land use conflicts near military facilities and operations will be identified. The types of conflicts and impacts will be assessed and mapped. This information will be presented to the JLUS Committees and published on this website.

Conflict Resolution Strategies

Following a careful analysis of current and potential land use, operational and transportation conflicts, strategies will be developed to help resolve conflicts and achieve compatibility. Strategies will be developed to support compatible land uses and to avoid conflicts. Practical tools and mechanisms will be identified and the potential solutions will be presented to the JLUS Policy Committee for comment. The tools will also be presented for public input.

Final Product

The preparation of a draft plan will contain:

  • study information which was gathered and analyzed;
  • the process and results of public participation;
  • prioritized resolution strategies;
  • an implementation strategy; and
  • a monitoring plan.

The draft plan will be presented for public comment and reviewed by the JLUS Policy Committee. Final revisions will be made as recommended by the Policy Committee and the Final Joint Land Use Study will be presented to the Policy Committee and local jurisdictions for adoption.