Nellis Complex Joint Land Use Study Overview

What Is a Joint Land Use Study?

The Nellis Complex Joint Land Use Study (JLUS) is a cooperative planning effort between the Nellis Complex, surrounding jurisdictions, state and federal agencies, and other affected stakeholders that addresses compatible land use around Nellis Complex facilities. The Nellis Complex JLUS is funded by a grant from the Department of Defense (DoD) Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA) and contributions by the JLUS sponsor, Clark County.  The JLUS effort can directly benefit both the military and surrounding region by:

  • Promoting community planning that addresses compatibility issues;
  • Promoting community planning that addresses compatibility issues;
  • Enhancing communication and cooperation between the Nellis Complex and community officials;
  • Protecting the health and safety of surrounding residents and workers; and
  • Preserving land use compatibility between the Nellis complex and the surrounding communities over the long term.

What Are the Objectives of a JLUS?

The goal of a JLUS is to reduce potential land use conflicts between military installations and surrounding communities while still accommodating new growth and economic development, sustaining economic vitality, protecting public health and safety, and protecting operational missions. JLUS programs have three core objectives:

UNDERSTANDING. Convening communities, agency representatives, and Nellis Complex to promote awareness and shared knowledge of the mutually beneficial social and economic relationship between military installations and their neighbors. The collaborative nature of the JLUS process takes into account both military and civilian viewpoints and needs.

COLLABORATION. Encouraging cooperative land use and resource planning between installations, local jurisdictions, and area stakeholders to cultivate a consistent and mutually beneficial approach to community growth and development while safeguarding military operations and mission readiness.

ACTIONS. Providing a set of strategies that installations and local community leaders and agencies can use to avoid or minimize incompatible land use, as well as specific procedures for implementing the recommended strategies.

What Is Compatibility?

Compatibility, relative to military readiness, can be defined as the balance and / or compromise between community and military needs and interests. The goal of compatibility planning is to promote an environment where both entities can coexist successfully. Study area data on existing conditions obtained from the JLUS Advisory Committee, Technical Committee, and the public will be analysed to identify current and future compatibility issues. This analysis will also identify the influence of regulatory measures on land use decisions and consider existing and projected development trends within the JLUS Study Area. A set of 25 compatibility factors will be considered in order to identify the specific issues that influence land use compatibility in the Nellis Complex region. While all factors will be assessed initially, strategies for avoiding or mitigating incompatible land uses will only be developed for factors shown to be of concern in the Nellis Complex Study Area.

What Are the Compatibility Factors?

Compatibility factors address the comprehensive approach undertaken to promote land use compatibility within proximity to Nellis Complex. Compatibility factors are the major tool leading the comprehensive approach. The 25 factors are:

Have Past JLUSs Been Successful?

Previous JLUSs have shown a high success rate. The JLUS effort can directly benefit both the military and local jurisdictions by:
  • Protecting the health and safety of residents living or working near military installations;
  • Preserving long-term land use compatibility between the installation and the surrounding community;
  • Promoting comprehensive community planning;
  • Encouraging a cooperative spirit between the local base command and local community officials; and
  • Integrating the local jurisdictions’ comprehensive plans with the installation’s plans.

Copyright © 2018, Matrix Design Group, Inc. This study was prepared under contract with Clark County, Nevada, with financial support from the Office of Economic Adjustment Department of Defense. The content reflects the views of the key JLUS partners involved in the development of this study and does not necessarily reflect the views of the Office of Economic Adjustment.

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