The Grissom Air Reserve Base (ARB) Joint Land Use Study (JLUS) is a community driven, cooperative, strategic planning effort between Grissom ARB, the surrounding local jurisdictions, and local community stakeholders. The JLUS will identify means of promoting land use, urban growth, and economic development that is compatible with the mission of the 434th Air Refueling Wing (434 ARW). Additionally, the JLUS will seek ways to reduce the military operational impacts on adjacent lands, protect the health and safety of the surrounding population, and maximize compatible economic development potential of the Grissom Aeroplex.

The study is being administered by Miami County Economic Development Authority (MCEDA) and is co-funded through a grant from the Department of Defense (DOD), Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA). The Grissom ARB JLUS will be complete in the summer of 2018.

The MCEDA selected White & Smith Planning and Law Group, along with its subcontractors Benchmark Planning, American StructurePoint, Inc., and Marstel-Day, LLC, to complete the study.


The Grissom ARB JLUS includes four major objectives:

  1. Promote community and economic development that is compatible with Grissom ARB’s training, testing, and operational missions.

  2. Seek ways to reduce operational impacts on adjacent lands.

  3. Protect the health and safety of the residents, property owners, businesses, and motorists located immediately adjacent to Grissom ARB.

  4. Maximize the economic development potential of Grissom ARB, Grissom Aeroplex, the surrounding communities, and the State of Indiana.

What's Next?

Following its meeting with the JLUS Steering Committees on October 10th, the JLUS Team is preparing the initial draft of the JLUS Report. The draft report will be presented to the Steering Committees in January and to the public for its input in the Spring of 2018.

Public meetings were held in support of the JLUS project on June 7th and October 10th of this year.  The public briefing slides can be found here.