Representatives with White Sands Missile Range, Fort Bliss, Holloman and several city, county, state and federal agencies attended a public meeting hosted by Doña Ana County and the City of Las Cruces to share information on the Joint Land Use Study Oct. 6 at the City of Las Cruces City Hall.
Also, the Otero County JLUS meeting was held in Alamogordo on Oct. 7 and was well attended with approximately 20-25 members of the public.
Liz Drake presented information on the draft report for the Southern New Mexico, El Paso Texas Joint Land Use Study at the meeting, which is now available at the project website: www. SNMEP.JoinLandUse.com Comments are welcome through Nov. 7. Local residents, landowners, and others are welcome to submit their comments.
According to information at the website, JLUS seeks to create a long-term planning partnership that protects quality of life in local communities and enhances the military missions of the three installations. The JLUS emphasizes coordination and communication as a means to promote compatible growth.
Drake went over the recommended compatibility strategies in the draft report and listed the top compatibility factors, to include: water, the protection of resources, energy, and quality of life. She also mentioned compatibility factors specific to Doña Ana County to include: aviation noise, range noise and potential wildlife hazards.
Committee members will meet after the November deadline to consider findings and public comments.
The following meetings are scheduled as follows:
El Paso County: Oct. 14 from 6 to 8 p.m. El Paso Community College-Transmountain Campus 9570 Gateway Blvd. North El Paso, Texas
Lincoln County: Oct. 15 from 6 to 8 p.m. Ruidoso Convention Center 111 Sierra Blanca Dr., Ruidoso, NM
Sierra County: Oct. 16 from 6 to 8 p.m. County Commission Chambers 855 Van Patten, Truth or Consequences
For additional information, please visit the web site at http://snmepjointlanduse.com
The overall goals of the JLUS are to:
•Provide opportunities for input by stakeholders, including landowners, federal, state, county and municipal government agencies, educational institutions, tribal governments, and other interested parties in all stages of the planning process;
•Protect the public health and safety of both the civilian and military communities;
•Jointly analyze the factors that can restrict range and training missions as a result of incompatible land use development adjacent to Fort Bliss, WSMR, and HAFB;
•Cooperatively develop a set of recommendations for use by local governments, community associations, developers and the military to preserve, protect and enhance these missions so as not to adversely affect the missions of Southern New Mexico and El Paso’s military installations;
•Identify uses that are compatible and feasible for land in the vicinity of military installations, airports, and ranges, including the noise and accident potential zones;
•Develop a strong implementation plan to address compatibility challenges by development and its resulting impact on military missions and sustainability by establishing solid compatibility criteria and strong policies that can be implemented by federal, state, and local governments;
•Develop and/or identify land use planning and policy tools, strategies, and techniques that fairly allocate impacts of the program with respect to federal, state, and local governments, private landowners, and the military community;
•Support local communities in sustaining safe, compatible growth;
•Improve regional cooperation as it relates to military community compatibility and encourage cooperative land use planning between military installations and the surrounding communities; and
•Have an enduring forum for cooperation, communication, and implementation.