The North Central Texas Council of Governments is collaborating with military and community leaders for Joining Forces, which is an effort to implement recommendations from a 2018 Joint Land Use Study (JLUS) to identify land-use and other strategies to preserve the ability of military installations in North Texas to operate while also improving quality of life for residents living near those facilities.
In September 2020, NCTCOG was awarded an implementation grant from the Department of Defense Office of Economic Adjustment to implement recommendations from the 2018 regional JLUS. Please check back here often for implementation updates. NCTCOG staff and local government partners are getting started working on some initial tasks:
Making improvements to the Regional Coordination Committee Development Review Tool
Coordinating with other entities in Texas engaged in military-community planning
Participating in the City of Dallas Hensley Field Redevelopment Plan
Identifying needed transportation and infrastructure improvements
Developing a welcome packet for residents to understand living near a military installation
Best practices for zoning, land use and building codes to enhance compatible development near installations
The Compatible Use Program (previously known as Joint Land Use Study or JLUS) identifies and recommends strategies to address land-use issues that may limit a military installation’s ability to operate as well as quality of life issues for residents living near these facilities. Installations are nominated for a JLUS by the military, and the study is funded by the Department of Defense Office of Economic Adjustment. A study was completed in 2018 and the North Central Texas Council of Governments is currently working with local governments and communities across North Texas to implement the study's recommendations.
Land uses that can be incompatible when they occur near a military installation include urban growth, energy development, the presence of wildlife or water and land uses that restrict air space or create a threat to security. Cities and counties surrounding the military installation work with the installation to plan and carry out specific actions that will promote compatible community and economic growth.
Joining Forces seeks to promote compatible growth and to insulate regional military installations from encroachments that could threaten the installations' ability to conduct their missions.
The study recommended actions for the communities to adopt, including:
Comprehensive plan language
Sound attenuation strategies
As the study recommendations are implemented, partnerships will be formed with the communities, installations and other interested stakeholders.
The communities surrounding the Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base, Fort Worth (NAS JRB Fort Worth) in western Tarrant County participated in a JLUS 10 years ago.
Joining Forces: Aligning Community & Military Missions updated this JLUS and included four additional installations, one ancillary training area and flight areas that support operations at NAS JRB Fort Worth. The following installations were included in the study.
annual economic activity of 14 major military installations in Texas in 2019
jobs related to 14 major military installations in Texas
people employed directly and indirectly as a result of NAS JRB Fort Worth,
percent increase in use at Camp Maxey and Fort Wolters
Military installations contribute significantly to the regional and state economy and provided valuable training to members of the Armed Services. Preserving military capabilities is important to a strong, diverse and growing regional economy.