Joint Base (JB) Langley-Eustis is located in Hampton and Newport News and under the jurisdiction of the U. S. Air Force 633rd Air Base Wing, Air Combat Command. JB Langley-Eustis was established in accordance with congressional legislation implementing the recommendations of the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) Commission. The legislation ordered the consolidation of the two facilities into a single joint base. JB Langley-Eustis is one of 12 joint bases formed in the United States as a result of the 2005 BRAC requirements. Unlike other joint bases that share common perimeters, the two components are geographically separated by 17 miles.
The Air Force mission at Langley is to sustain the ability for fast global deployment and air superiority for the United States or allied armed forces. The primary Air Force tenant under the 633rd is the 1st Fighter Wing, which comprises the 1st Operations Group and the 1st Maintenance Group. These two groups work together to maintain the base's F-22 Raptors. The Fort Eustis mission is to train service members in transportation, aviation maintenance, logistics, and deployment doctrine. Fort Eustis is home to seven Army units including Training and Doctrine Command and Installation Management Command. The installation is the training ground for the majority of the transportation military occupational specialties and all helicopter maintenance technicians.
Joint Land Use Study Planning Process
The Air Force nominated Langley AFB as a candidate for the Joint Land Use Study (JLUS) program in September 2005. While Langley's east Clear Zone and the Accident Potential Zones (APZs) are mostly over water and undevelopable property, the west Clear Zone and APZs faced continued incompatible development. Due to the F-22 Operational Wing beddown at Langley, a comprehensive assessment of the military operations and surrounding community development was needed.
The two primary goals of the JLUS are: 1) to protect the health, safety and welfare of citizens living and working near JB Langley-Eustis; and 2) to protect the installation's operational and training mission. These goals can be accomplished through improved understanding of the flight and other military operations at the base and through improved local land use and airspace planning. The JLUS planning process was used to make recommendations for changes to regulatory and non-regulatory policies regarding compatible land use and airspace capacity around the base, allowing the community to better manage compatible use concerns. The City of Hampton served as the JLUS project sponsor on behalf of the jurisdictions surrounding the base. The City continues to work closely with JB Langley-Eustis and neighboring Newport News, Poquoson, and York County to ensure compatible development near the installation. The JLUS was completed in August 2010.
The key to making the strategies presented in the JLUS Implementation Plan a reality is the establishment of the JLUS Coordinating Committee to oversee the implementation of the JLUS recommendations. Through this committee, local jurisdictions, JB Langley-Eustis, and other interested parties will continue their work together to establish procedures, recommend or refine specific actions for member agencies, and make adjustments to strategies over time to ensure the JLUS remains relevant to the planning issues of the study area. As part of the JLUS implementation actions, the community is updating its Comprehensive Plan and is working with the installation and local landowners in an effort to acquire properties located in the Clear Zone, Accident Potential Zones, and within the dBL >70 noise contours.
The JLUS Implementation Plan provides a detailed road map of the JLUS recommended strategies and actions aimed to help mitigate the compatibility issues identified in the JLUS. An overview of these implementation actions includes the items listed below.
- Acquisition Strategies
- Land Acquisition Program
- Acquisition Through Fee Simple Purchase
- Acquisition of Development Rights
- Transfer of Development Rights
- Easement Strategies
- Avigation Easements
- Conservation Easements
- Capital Improvement Planning
- Communication/Coordination Strategies
- JLUS Implementation Committee
- Promote and maintain JB Langley-Eustis Missions
- Construction Standard Strategies
- Sound Attenuation
- Environmental Strategies
- Bird/Wildlife Aircraft Strike Hazard/Natural Resources
- Legislative Strategies
- Legislative Strategic Plan
- Amend existing legislation
- Operational Strategies
- Future Flight Operations
- Plan and Program Strategies
- Vertical Obstruction
- Comprehensive Land Use Policies
- Enhanced Real Estate Disclosure
- Zoning Ordinance/Subdivision Regulation Strategies
- Rezoning for Compatibility
- Setbacks from Langley AFB
- Light and Glare Issues
Community Website: www.hamptonlangleyjlus.com/resources.html