Fort Campbell serves as a Power Projection Platform (PPP) and a major maneuver installation for the Army and the Department of Defense. The installation supports the training and deployment of more than 30,000 assigned soldiers and is one of the largest installations in the Army. Encompassing more than 105,000 acres of land, Fort Campbell is home to three of the US Army's premier combat units: The 101st Airborne Division, the 160th Special Operations Regiment, and the 5th Special Forces Group. The installation straddles the state line in north-middle Tennessee and southwestern Kentucky.
Joint Land Use Study Planning Process
In 1996, local governments, in partnership with Fort Campbell, completed a Joint Land Use Study (JLUS) that included four surrounding counties: Montgomery, Stewart, Christian, and Trigg. The study focused on incompatible residential and commercial development associated with accident potential and noise impact areas. Off-post noise generated by training/aviation activities at Fort Campbell and local land use activities in the vicinity of the installation were evaluated. As an outcome of the study, the Fort Campbell JLUS Partnership was created in 1998.
In 2005, the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army (Installations and Housing) nominated Fort Campbell a second time as a candidate for the JLUS program. In 2007, the JLUS Partnership undertook an update of the original plan, including an assessment of night-vision device training on and around Fort Campbell, along with recommendations to protect this capability. A particular emphasis of the update was on sustainability, which sought to meet current and future mission requirements while safeguarding human health, improving quality of life, and enhancing the natural environment.
The JLUS update, which was completed in late 2009, includes a prioritized list of land use compatibility strategies for local jurisdictions and Fort Campbell. These strategies include the following:
- Adopt outdoor lighting standards to protect the Fort Campbell night vision device environment from light intrusion.
- Control development density in the public safety buffer area at Campbell Army Airfield.
- Control development density in the rural planning area west of Sabre Army Heliport.
- Conduct corridor management studies along U.S. Highway 41A and U.S. Highway 79.
- Expand coordination and communication policies for development within the JLUS Area of Concern.
- Continue and expand regional coordination.
- Continue to improve overall communication.
- Strengthen and expand Memoranda of Understanding with regional stakeholders.
- Explore state compatibility measures.
- Explore use of state conservation programs.
- Develop regional sustainability partnerships.
The Fort Campbell JLUS Partnership has resulted in a number of successful initiatives, including the adoption of local regulations to protect Campbell Army Airfield and Sabre Army Helipot from incompatible land use, as well as improved coordination between Fort Campbell and local planning representatives.
Community Website: www.campbell.army.mil/campbell/cp/Pages/JointLandUseStudyProgram.aspx