News

Public Input Meetings – Conflict Issues & Resolution Strategies

JLUS Public Input Meetings will be held at Mohall, Minot, and Stanley April 28, 29, and 30, 2015.

Public Notice (PDF)

Input Review and Conflict/Compatibility Analysis – Committee Meeting

January 27, 2015 Policy and Technical Committee Meeting: The consultants shared the results of public meetings held in September 2014, the online survey, and stakeholder interviews with the policy and technical committees.  A roundtable discussion was held on the conflict/compatibility analysis of issues related to the air base, missile complex, and transporter erector convoys (missile convoys).  Meeting document can be viewed here.

Policy and Technical Committee Discovery Meeting

A Policy and Technical Committee meeting was held on September 15, 2014. The presentation from the meeting can be viewed here.

 

Public Informational Meetings

Three public informational meetings were held as follows: September 15, 2014 in Minot, September 16, 2014 in Stanley, and September 17, 2014 in Mohall.  The presentation from the meetings can be viewed here.

Public Input Meetings – Data Collection

JLUS Public Input Meetings will be held at Minot, Stanley and Mohall the week of September 15th, 2014

Public Notice (PDF)

 

Minot Air Force Base Tour

Joint Land Use Study (JLUS) Committees Tour the Minot Air Force Base

On June 12, 2014, Policy Committee and Technical Committee members of the eight-county JLUS area, along with the Lyndsay Ulrickson, Executive Director of the Souris Basin Planning Council (SBPC), and land use planning consultants from SRF Consulting Group, Inc. toured Minot Air Force Base (MAFB).  Air Force Sargent Ballard led the tour of the base. He said “This tour of the Minot Air Force Base will give you [Committees, SBPC, and SRF] a clear idea of what MAFB is and what the project (JLUS) is intended to protect.”  The tour provided the participants with a better understanding of the scope of MAFB, ranging from the residential neighborhoods on base to the 5th Bomb Wing (B-52s) and the 150 missile launch facilities located throughout the eight-county region.  It also helped to emphasize the importance of MAFB installations to our national security and the local economy.

Participants first visited with personnel of the 5th Bomb Wing and were introduced to a B-52 bomber and various munitions.  Later, participants met with personnel from the 91st Missile Wing to tour a missile launch facility and learn about the missile complex operations.  At the end of the tour, participants had lunch with officers of the 5th Bomb Wing and 91st Missile Wing.  The officers gave a presentation on the MAFB mission which was followed by a group discussion.

The tour was invaluable in gaining a better understanding of the MAFB, and in anticipating potential incompatibilities with civilian developments near military facilities.  SRF distributed maps to participating counties for the purpose of documenting their input on existing and potential development near MAFB installations.

Visiting a Launch Facility

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Presentation by Colonel Tom Rudy, Vice Commander of the 91st Missile Wing

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Press Release

Souris Basin Planning Council awarded grant for Joint Land Use Study

Committees to tour MAFB & missile sites

Minot, June 10, 2014:  The Souris Basin Planning Council was awarded a grant in February from the Department of Defense, Office of Economic Adjustment to develop a Joint Land Use Study for the Minot Air Force Base. The Minot Area Chamber of Commerce is participating with local matching funds.  The study will assess existing and potential conflicts between military facilities, military operations, and private development.  The final product will present strategies to resolve existing conflicts and to avoid future conflicts between the military and private development.

The study area involves the Minot Air Force Base and eight surrounding counties where 150 missile silos and missile alert facilities are located.  Included are the Counties of Bottineau, Burke, McHenry, McLean, Mountrail, Renville, Sheridan, and Ward.  The Fort Berthold Indian Reservation, the City of Minot and other cities within the 8-county region will also be involved.

Two committees were recently created, including a technical committee consisting of local government and Minot Air Force Base staff, along with a policy committee consisting of representatives from each County, City of Minot, Fort Berthold Reservation, Minot International Airport, Minot Area Chamber of Commerce, State Department of Commerce, Minot Air Force Base, and the energy industry.

Committee members will be touring the air base and military facilities on June 12, 2014. The tour will allow the JLUS Policy Committee and Technical Committee members to gain more comprehensive understanding of the military mission and the need for compatible land use planning.

Public outreach will begin with public meetings this summer.  Cindy Gray, the SRF project manager with SRF Consulting Group, stressed the importance of public involvement: “How successful the study is in providing strategies that work for everyone involved, including private development, depends entirely on public participation.”  The project website is available at http://minotafbjlus.com for further information.