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Military Mission

As a statewide effort, the Joint Land Use Study (JLUS) focused on five areas that represent a cross section of Department of Defense (DoD) mission requirements; were geographically diverse; and reflected a multitude of different state, regional and local considerations. The five study areas were Beale Air Force Base, Fort Irwin National Training Center, Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake, Edwards Air Force Base, and the R-2508 Complex. The R-2508 Complex is the largest single area of Special Use Airspace over land in the United States, covering a land area of 20,000 square miles.

Joint Land Use Study Planning Process

Between 2002 and 2004, the Air Force, Army, and Navy nominated the four installations and R-2508 for a Joint Land Use Study (JLUS). Strategic land use management has become a critical challenge for DoD, local communities, businesses and the state of California. The state is committed to crafting a solution that balances diverse and sustainable growth, while ensuring the viability and sustainability of the DoD's irreplaceable assets. The State Office of Planning and Research (OPR) provided oversight for the JLUS, which included two separate undertakings - Northern California (Beale Air Force Base) and the Southern High Desert Region (R-2508 Complex, including Fort Irwin, China Lake, and Edwards Air Force Base). A Policy Committee and a Technical Advisory Committee composed of city, county, military, and other stakeholders guided the development of the JLUS for each undertaking. Both the Beale AFB and R-2508 JLUS's were completed in 2008.

The final JLUS's are not adopted plans, but rather a recommended set of compatibility guidelines and strategies that can be implemented by local jurisdictions, the installation, federal and state agencies, and other organizations.

Implementation Strategy

The Beale Air Force JLUS included 59 recommended implementation strategies in the following major categories: Military Influence Area, Acquisitions, Air Installations Compatible Use Zones Program, Airport Land Use Compatibility, Avigation Easements, Bird/Wildlife Strike Hazard Program, Planning and Operations, Building Codes, Capital Improvement Program, Code Enforcement/Building Inspections, Communication/Coordination, Deed Restrictions, General Plan Updates, Habitat Conservation Tools, Hazard Mitigation Plans, Real Estate Disclosures, and Zoning Regulations. The R-2508 JLUS included 61 recommended implementation strategies in the following categories: Acquisitions, Airport Land Use Compatibility, Avigation Easement, Capitol Improvement Programs, Communications/Coordination, Deed Restrictions, General Plan Updates, Habitat Conservation Tools, Legislative Initiatives, Light and Glare Controls, Real Estate Disclosures, and Zoning Regulations.

Key to the implementation of these strategies was the formation of a JLUS Steering Committee. Kern County has taken the lead to coordinate implementation efforts for the R-2508 Complex and has developed several zoning ordinances to help address renewable energy conflicts with military operations.

State of California Website: http://opr.ca.gov/s_jointlandusestudies.php

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