JLUS Implementation Process

JLUS Implementation will occur over a 15-month timeframe and consists of five (5) discrete tasks. We anticipate completing the process in September 2020.

Each implementation task will result in a separate project deliverable. The following summarizes each of the 5 tasks and associated deliverables.

Task 1 – Action Plan for Land Use Compatibility in 434th ARW Operational Areas

In Task 1 we will develop an Operational Areas Action Plan designed to achieve land use compatibility in the following 434th ARW Operational Areas:

  1. North Clear Zone (Runway 23 CZ) and South Clear Zone (Runway 05 CZ);
  2. the required 500′ R and 1,000′ R standoff area required for proper siting of existing Facility #714 (VORTAC);
  3. all required taxiway clearances; and
  4. required perimeter fence clearances of the primary surface (runway), per UFC 3-260-01.

To that end, CHA will develop cost estimates for removing certain incompatible buildings currently located in 434 ARW Clear Zones and reestablishing others to compatible areas on the Grissom Aeroplex property. These realignments may result in revisions to the 2017 Grissom NPIAS Feasibility Study.

Based on initial analyses and cost estimates, the team will develop a series of tools to facilitate long-term protection of 434 ARW operational areas around the Grissom ARB runways. Recommendations may include land swaps, voluntary sales, business relocations, easements, and other tools available to the Air Force and local study participants, including MCEDA.

All analyses, documents, and tools will be assembled into an “Operational Areas Action Plan,” which will prioritize implementation tools, establish a timeline for implementation, and detail responsible parties and steps designed to lead to full implementation.

Task 2 – Grissom Airport Zoning Overlays for Galveston, Cass County, and Walton

In Task 2, White & Smith will prepare Airport Zoning Overlay Ordinances to assist Grissom ARB in the preservation of the operational capability of base operations, while promoting safety and quality of life for the communities of Galveston, Cass County, and Walton. Miami County and the Town of Bunker Hill adopted similar overlay ordinances in 2018. White & Smith will evaluate the approach to be taken with the Town of Onward, whether an ordinance or participation in the coordination agreement that will be prepared.

Task 3 – Develop Disclosure and Acknowledgement Statements

In order to promote full awareness and information in the community, the JLUS Implementation process will include development of military impact area Disclosure and Acknowledgement Statements and other materials that will enhance public awareness of military operations and potential impacts, including airport noise.

Task 4 – Memorandum of Understanding for Community Coordination and Renewable Energy Development Procedures

In Task 4, we will work with officials from Cass and Miami Counties, the towns and cities within each, and the 434 ARW to develop a “specific purpose” MOU between JLUS Jurisdictions and the 434 ARW that will facilitate early and transparent cooperation between Grissom ARB and the community when new developments and potential economic development projects are proposed. This will include coordination with renewable energy developers within the JLUS Study Area prior to, and in conjunction with, the formal and informal DOD Siting Clearinghouse processes, as applicable.

Task 5 – Design and Launch Grissom ARB Military Community Partnership Website

In Task 5, Marstel-Day will develop and maintain the current website and, at the project’s conclusion, will convert this site to an ongoing website that will serve as a repository of documents related to the JLUS and JLUS Implementation projects and a central point of communication and coordination for ongoing compatibility planning in the community.