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Camp Roberts

Military Mission

Camp Roberts Maneuver Training Center is a California Army National Guard facility located in San Luis Obispo and Monterey Counties, adjacent to the unincorporated community of San Miguel. Camp Roberts comprises 42,814 acres owned by the Department of the Army, licensed to the State of California, and operated by the California Army National Guard. The Camp Roberts mission is to train and mobilize National Guard, Army Reserve, and Active components. SATCOM, an independent satellite communications facility situated in the middle of Camp Roberts, occupies 20 acres, and the Center for Interdisciplinary Remotely-Piloted Aircraft Studies (CIRPAS), part of the Naval Postgraduate School, owns and operates McMillan Airfield in the southwestern corner of Camp Roberts. The Camp accommodates a full range of maneuver and weapons training, from weapons qualifications to training of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV), and has seen a significant increase in training requirements in recent years.

The Camp accommodates a full range of maneuver and weapons training, from weapons qualifications to training of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV), and has seen a significant increase in training requirements in recent years.

Joint Land Use Study Planning Process

Local jurisdictions continue to consider proposals to subdivide and develop private property near Camp Roberts. As new residents move to the area expecting a quiet, rural atmosphere, the potential for conflicts will increase between these residents and Camp Roberts as noise created by the training occurs. This is particularly true if the training activities at the Camp continue to increase as expected.

The Camp Roberts Joint Land Use Study (JLUS) includes San Luis Obispo and Monterey Counties, and the City of Paso Robles. San Luis Obispo County serves as the sponsor to this multi-jurisdictional planning effort. The JLUS commenced in April 2011 with a Summer 2013 projected completion. The scope of work includes development of a public participation strategy, mapping and analysis, land use conflict identification, public outreach, and a JLUS Final Report containing recommendations and an implementation strategy.

The Camp Roberts JLUS has two primary goals: (1) encourage cooperative land use planning between the military installation and the surrounding jurisdictions so that future civilian growth and development are compatible with the training or operational mission of the installation; and (2) find strategies to reduce the operational impacts on the adjacent lands, including environmental impacts of those operations. The JLUS includes an assessment of the regional economic profile and installation impact on the local economy, existing and proposed land use around the installation, military-provided technical reports, environmental factors, extent of incompatible civilian development and its potential to impair the utility of the installation, and current adopted plans and policies of the jurisdictions. A series of public workshops held during 2012 helped guide planning efforts and development of JLUS recommendations.

Community Website: www.camprobertsjlus.com

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