Joint Base Andrews Naval Air Facility Washington (formerly known as Andrews Air Force Base) is the secure aerial gateway for the President of the United States, senior U.S. leaders and all foreign dignitaries. The installation is the home of the 89th Airlift Wing whose missions include the operation of Air Force One and the transit point for all wounded warriors returning to the U.S. The 11th Wing is the host wing, supporting more than 60 separate organizations on Andrews including the Air National Guard, Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force Reserve Command, and Air Force District Washington Headquarters. Joint Base (JB) Andrews is located in Prince George’s County, approximately five miles southeast of the District of Columbia. The base covers approximately 5,000 acres, bordered on the west by a highly urbanized area and to the east by a semi-rural area that is subject to rapid suburban residential growth.
Joint Land Use Study Planning Process
The Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force (Installations) nominated the former Andrews Air Force Base as a candidate for the Joint Land Use Study (JLUS) program in August 2006. Since that time the installation and community have been working together to identify and resolve compatible use issues resulting from mission growth. On behalf of Prince George's County, the Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission conducted a JLUS at its own expense with OEA providing technical support throughout the process. The Prince George's County Council approved the completed JLUS document in December 2009, which included 45 recommendations designed to help mitigate impacts of base operations on surrounding communities and limit civilian development that could impact the base’s mission.
A 17-member JLUS Implementation Committee, composed of local, state and federal government representatives, the installation Vice Commander, local developers and business owners, and civic association representatives, meets monthly to implement study recommendations. The Committee is currently developing legislation to establish a Military Installation Overlay Zone and county ordinances to encourage compatible use and development within the northern Clear Zone and the Accident Potential Zones.