January 7, 2015 — Association of Defense Communities
County commissioners of Guadalupe County, Texas, located on the eastern side of Randolph Air Force Base, last week adopted a resolution supporting legislation requiring homebuyers to be informed about the possible impacts of living near a military installation.
The vote followed a presentation by officials from Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph about the air base’s economic and operational impacts on Guadalupe County, which lies outside of San Antonio, reported the Seguin Gazette.
Randolph features a twin-runway, twin-control tower configuration and records a total of 212,000 takeoffs and landings each year.
“This is one of the busiest air fields in the Air Force and it’s the only one that operates two towers in the Air Force,” Col. Jodi Neff, vice commander of the 12th Flying Training Wing, told the commissioners. “Basically, it’s two air fields in one.”
In an effort to limit encroachment, the Air Force wants prospective residents to learn about the noise and safety impacts associated with living near a base such as Randolph. Neff highlighted the runway clear zones denoted on maps as places where aircraft noise is highest and the accident potential zones where aircraft crashes are more likely to occur.
“If the legislation is passed, it would mean that municipalities will be empowered to consider an installation’s recommendations in its development decisions and will ensure long-term compatibility between their growth objectives and the installation’s mission,” said Lt. Col. Robin Baldwin, the wing’s director of community initiatives.
The information above is for general awareness only and does not necessarily reflect the views of the Office of Economic Adjustment or the Department of Defense as a whole.