Fort Knox is located on the Ohio River approximately 30 miles south of Louisville. The installation comprises 109,069 acres located in three Kentucky counties: Meade, Hardin, and Bullitt. The mission footprint at Fort Knox has changed significantly as a result of the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC), Integrated Global Presence Basing Strategy (IGPBS), and Grow the Army. These mission changes include: 1) relocation of the U.S. Armor Center and School to Fort Benning, Georgia; 2) the activation of an infantry brigade combat team; 3) the consolidation of U.S. Army Human Resources Center of Excellence; and 4) the relocation of the 84th Army Reserve Regional Training Center from Fort McCoy, Wisconsin.
Joint Land Use Study Planning Process
From 1991 through 1994, various local government officials and Fort Knox representatives participated in a collaborative land use planning effort, which resulted in the completion of the Fort Knox Joint Land Use Study (JLUS). The study included a comprehensive list of recommended actions and proposals for adoption by local jurisdictions to resolve land use conflicts and to move forward a compatible land use plan for the cities and counties adjacent to the installation. As a result of regional growth impacts from BRAC 2005, IGPBS, and other defense-related actions, local government officials and Fort Knox representatives engaged in a regional growth management planning initiative to assess and address these impacts, including an update to the 1994 JLUS, which was completed in 2008. This update highlights a number of goals and objectives that will continue to foster both the healthy growth of the jurisdictions adjacent to Fort Knox and the installation’s need to fulfill its military mission.
The 2008 JLUS update included a number of short-, mid-, and long-range actions for local communities and Fort Knox to support continued community growth that is compatible with the ongoing military missions. Some of these actions include the following.
- Encourage proactive land use planning that supports the mission of Fort Knox.
- Implement the Army Compatible Use Buffer program to mediate incompatible land use near the installation.
- Review, develop, or modify zoning and/or other development regulations to minimize the impacts associated with noise, light, and other encroachment issues.
- Develop local and regional building recommendations to minimize impacts of outside lighting and noise issues.
The Fort Knox JLUS can be found at www.ltadd.org/downloads.shtml.