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 was the project sponsor and coordinating entity. The JLUS was completed in 2015.

The JLUS highlighted a number of operational and land use conflicts between Minot Air Force Base and other jurisdictions within its influence. The final document identified strategies to address conflicts that could impact the mission of the US Air Force.


What areas will be involved in implementation of the Joint Land Use Study?

The project 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. Cities and townships with military facilities adjacent to or within their boundaries are important to this project.


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