Naval Air Station (NAS) Corpus Christi is located in the eastern section of the city of Corpus Christi, Texas, and comprises 4,575 acres of land. Of these acres, 4,083 are Department of Defense-owned. Corpus Christi is the county seat of Nueces County and is the largest city on the South Texas coast. In addition to the main base, NAS Corpus Christi has control of two outlying fields: Naval Auxiliary Landing Field (NALF) Cabaniss and NALF Waldron. NALF Cabaniss is located eight miles west of NAS Corpus Christi, and NALF Waldron is located within city limits three miles southwest of NAS Corpus Christi.
NAS Corpus Christi provides primary flight training to Naval Aviators for several aircraft including the multi-engine Turbo-Prop T-44, C-12, and single engine T-34, which is gradually being replaced by the T-6 Texan during the 2012 – 2-14 timeframe. NAS Corpus Christi currently uses NALF Waldron for T-34 training and NALF Cabaniss and Corpus Christi International Airport for T-44 and C-12 training. Tenant commands include the Coast Guard, which utilizes the Dolphin SAR helicopter and Citation jet.
The Navy nominated NAS Corpus Christi as a candidate for the Joint Land Use Study (JLUS) program in 2006 to provide the city of Corpus Christi and Nueces County with the opportunity to prevent urban development from adversely impacting operational missions at the base. NAS Corpus Christi’s primary encroachment concern is residential development in and near Accidental Potential Zones (APZs), as well as noise contour areas of the main base, the two NALFs, and Corpus Christi International Airport, which NAS Corpus Christi uses for practice landings and instrument approaches. In addition to these concerns, residential developments that are in close proximity to the base’s operational areas are at risk if there are problems during routine training exercises. For example, NAS Corpus Christi suffered a double fatality in 2009 when a T-34 crashed in an APZ II at NALF Waldron and nearly missed a residential home. Airspace management is also a base priority; Navy training operations require over 750 take-offs and landings per day and Corpus Christi International Airport is within military training airspace.
The city of Corpus Christi is serving as the local sponsor and fiscal agent for the JLUS. The city has organized two committees to oversee the JLUS planning effort: a JLUS Policy Committee and a JLUS Technical Advisory Committee. Both committees include representation from Corpus Christi as well as Nueces County. The city's Department of Development Services provides staff support to manage the project.
The proposed study area falls within the planning and zoning jurisdiction of the city of Corpus Christi, and a Joint Airport Zoning Board has jurisdiction over Corpus Christi International Airport. The JLUS’ goals are to address incompatible development near NAS Corpus Christi, NALF Waldron, NALF Cabaniss, and Corpus Christi International Airport; sustain the Navy’s flight training mission; and protect the health, safety, and welfare of citizens living near the base. The city expects to complete the JLUS by February 2013 with implementation of the recommendations already getting underway.
Community Website: www.CCJLUS.com