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Joint Region Marianas Guam , Guam

Program: Compatible Use

Joint Region Marianas Guam , Guam

Guam works towards developing a compatible land use project that will allow the territory to support the military mission while encouraging economic growth and sustainability.

The Office of the Governor is serving as the project sponsor and grantee for the 30-month Joint Land Use Study (JLUS) for Joint Region Marianas (JRM) Guam.  The geographic focus is the entire island of Guam, which is a strategic Department of Defense (DoD) hub in the Asia-Pacific region.  The study is scheduled for completion in 2019. 

The JLUS supports the Office of the Governor's initiative titled the “Joint Region Marianas Compatible Land Use Project (JRM CLUP)," which is focused on ensuring the military mission can continue, without degrading the public health, safety, and welfare of surrounding communities and ensuring economic development can prosper, without reducing the readiness of the nation's defense forces.

Joint Region Marianas controls significant land area throughout Guam, 40,644 acres of federally-owned land with an additional 157 acres of leased land, as well as the Mariana Island Range Complex, 500,000 square nautical miles of open ocean and airspace, which provides the only opportunity for forward deployed U.S. forces to train on U.S.-owned lands. Naval Base Guam supports and manages air­craft, surface ships, submarines, special warfare units, and others in military training activities that occur on and under the ocean surface, in the air, and on land.  Naval Base Guam controls numerous land areas throughout Guam as well as surrounding air and water space, which provides unique training scenarios unavailable elsewhere.  Andersen Air Force Base contains a large working airfield and supports all United States military aircraft and personnel transiting the Marianas Islands.

Construction of the new Marine Corp Base Guam in Dededo coupled with the associated economic development increases the potential of incompatible land use that could impact the operational utility of the installations.  Compatibility challenges that could result in additional restrictions on training requirements include:

  • Increased noise complaints from residents;
  • Habitat loss and degradation resulting in an increased number of candidate species, threatened or endangered species moving onto or through the installations;
  • Increased civilian trespassing;
  • Increased traffic from transportation infrastructure improvements and extensions impacting military convoys;
  • Increased dust complaints from training operations;
  • Increased airspace, light, and frequency spectrum encroachment resulting in additional restrictions on flight paths, types, timing, and frequency of operations, and future technology and training requirements; and
  • Vertical obstructions interfering with flight training and operations. 

The following deliverables are anticipated from the study effort:

  • Compatibility Sustainability Study – Encroachment Action Plan Integration Analysis
  • Compatible Planning Working Group (CPWG) Structure and Membership
  • Compatible Land Use Project (CLUP) Presentation and Meeting Handouts
  • CPWG Formation Documentation
  • CPWG Web Based Communications Tool
  • CPWG Community Outreach Materials
  • Notification List Analysis and Effective Tool Recommendation
  • Web Based Tracking Tool
  • CLUP Mitigation Action Priority List
  • Immediate Mitigation Action Tools, Techniques, and Methodologies
  • CLUP Carrying Out Documentation
  • Government of Guam and JRM Community – Mission Compatibility Handbook and Implementation Proceedings Report

Point of Contact:

Mark Calvo

Governor’s Chief of Staff

(671) 472-8931

Program: Compatible Use

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