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Camp Atterbury, Indiana

Camp Atterbury

Military Mission

Camp Atterbury is a federal installation comprising 33,139 acres located in south central Indiana and serving as a State of Indiana Army National Guard training and mobilization site, one of the Army's "Power Generation Platforms." The Indiana Army National Guard operates the Muscatatuck Urban Training Center (MUTC), a 1,000 Advanced Urban Training Facility located approximated 40 miles from Camp Atterbury. While MUTC is state-owned, the site is capable of supporting the U.S. military's stability and reconstruction training requirements. Troops and emergency management organizations are transported from Camp Atterbury to MUTC for training in civilian /military response operations and military urban warfare.

Joint Land Use Study Planning Process

The Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army (Installations and Housing) nominated Camp Atterbury as a Joint Land Use Study (JLUS) candidate in September 2004. Army and local officials noted that potential commercial and residential development adjacent to the boundaries of the installation could limit rotary and fixed wing flight training and use of the ranges.

The JLUS was completed in 2009 and was a contractor-supported cooperative effort among the Counties of Bartholomew, Brown, Jennings, and Johnson. Two committees, the JLUS Policy and JLUS Technical Committee, comprising city, county, military, and other stakeholders, directed the development of the JLUS. The Policy and Technical Committees were advisory groups that included local community representatives. Although both Camp Atterbury and MUTC are located in rural southern Indiana with minimal existing incompatible development, the surrounding communities and industries continue to grow and expand. The study effort provides a framework to encourage this future development is compatible with ongoing military operations.

Implementation Strategy

The JLUS includes specific recommendations for individual agencies and jurisdictions in the following categories: All JLUS Participants; Local Jurisdictions; Airport; State Government or General Assembly and Military or Federal Agencies.

The JLUS recommendations listed below are applicable to all participating jurisdictions and include the following:

  • Establish JLUS Implementation Authority
  • Adopt electronic data storage standards
  • Establish GIS website for project participants
  • Execute Memorandums of Understanding to formalize JLUS implementation
  • Exchange information on an annual basis about identified JLUS issues and share land use and military operational updates
  • Coordinate infrastructure policies to provide services and avoid incompatibilities

Community Website: atterburyjlus.com/?Page=overview