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The Joint Land Use Study (JLUS) is crucial for many communities with neighboring military installations, because it helps identify and address community development issues that could impact the missions of military bases. Malstrom Air Force Base officials speak to the significance of the JLUS for their installation’s successful operations, as well as the surrounding Cascade County community’s desire for compatible land use planning and continued economic growth. \

So, what does the process look like? First, the military service nominates an installation for JLUS consideration. Once approved, OEA provides funding and technical assistance throughout the process.

Malstrom Air Force Base and the Cascade County community worked together to successfully complete their study. Both say communication was a large part of their success – communication and cooperation among the stakeholders, and continued communication with members of the community.

Will my community worry? The best way to address any fears community members may have about how your community and the base will cooperate is communication. In the case of Malstrom and Cascade County, before beginning the process community members’ expressed their concerns, base officials answered questions, and OEA worked alongside the community and installation to see the JLUS from development through implementation.

Both Brian Clifton, Public Works Director for Cascade County, and Joe Briggs, the Cascade County Commissioner, think of the JLUS as an ongoing partnership – another tool in the community’s land use toolkit.

Still have questions about how to get started with your JLUS? Visit the Compatible Use Quick Start section of oea.gov for additional JLUS program information.

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


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