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The military is an integral part of communities across California – economically and culturally. Because military installations and Californian communities often overlap, compatibility is among the most important consideration for land use and growth planning.

DoD believes collaboration and partnership are critical to a successful balance between the needs of both DoD and the community. But land use doesn’t always look the same – sometimes it is an unexpected need on the part of the military or the community that brings about a relationship. For instance Kern County, California does not have any military installations. However, parts of the county lie in the flight path of Navy planes. Loelei Oviatt, Director of Planning and Community Development for Kern County shares her thoughts on the importance of collaboration between communities and the DoD to plan and create resources that outline needs and considerations for local governments and installations.

OEA’s Completed JLUS Map - Jan 2015, illustrates how many joint land use studies have been completed across the country since 1985. Collaboration between communities and military installations through the JLUS has been working for 30 years – and continues to work.

If you are in California, the Governor’s Office of Planning & Research and California Military Land Use Compatibility Analyst websites have resources readily available for land use planning.

And, OEA’s Compatible Use Resource Library has information for local governments, planning staff and communities in any U.S. city to get started with the process.

Click here to watch the video: Mission, Community, Partnership Joint Land Use.


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