The Grissom Air Reserve Base (ARB) Joint Land Use Study (JLUS) was a community driven, cooperative, strategic planning effort between Grissom ARB, the surrounding local jurisdictions, and local community stakeholders. The JLUS identifies 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 sought 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 was administered by Miami County Economic Development Authority (MCEDA) and was co-funded through a grant from the Department of Defense (DOD), Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA). The Grissom ARB JLUS was completed in April 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 included three major objectives:

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

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

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