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Redstone Arsenal, Alabama

Program: Compatible Use

Redstone Arsenal, Alabama

The City of Huntsville and Redstone Arsenal are working together to ensure new energy sitings and other civilian developments are compatible with military mission.

The City of Huntsville is serving as the study sponsor for the 24-month Joint Land Use Study (JLUS) surrounding Redstone Arsenal, which is projected for completion in 2018. The Cities of Huntsville and Madison; Town of Triana; and the Counties of Madison, Morgan, and Marshall; and other affected stakeholders are participating in the study and comprise the study area. 

The City of Huntsville’s JLUS represents a community-driven planning process among Redstone Arsenal and the surrounding communities to: promote compatible civilian development in support of military readiness and defense capabilities; protect public health, safety, general welfare, and quality of life; promote the economic viability of the communities; and foster continued communication among Redstone Arsenal and the surrounding communities to address compatibility issues.  The JLUS planning process benefits both the military installation and its supporting communities by identifying existing and future land use conflicts, and where mitigation strategies, ordinances, and future planning may counter possible civilian development that may impair continued military operations.

Redstone Arsenal has 40,000 acres and is home to the Army’s Material Command, Aviation and Missile Command, and the Space and Missile Defense Command.  Other tenant units at Redstone Arsenal include Missile Defense Agency, Defense Intelligence Command, Tactical Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Project Office, Army Security Command, Department of Justice training centers, and National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s Marshall Flight Center.  Redstone Arsenal is concerned about training restrictions due to significant urban development within the noise contours south of the base and the Accident Potential Zones north of the base. 

Additional compatibility challenges that may affect Redstone Arsenal’s ability to train on land and in the air include:

  • Wind turbine interference with that portion of the electromagnetic spectrum used in testing and evaluation on aviation, missile and sensor systems;
  • Cell phone tower interference with that portion of the electromagnetic spectrum used in testing Telemetry and communications systems;
  • Light pollution; and
  • Endangered species including increasing levels of urban contaminant runoff containing chromium, lead, and cadmium entering water supply sources that effect the endangered Alabama Cave Shrimp.

The following deliverables are anticipated from the study effort:

  • Joint Land Use Study final report to identify compatibility issues and recommended actions to address or mitigate the encroachment issues at Redstone Arsenal;
  • GIS Internet Mapping Application that allows the public to spatially view critical planning information such as municipal boundaries, tax map parcels, water bodies, infrastructure data, and zoning information, including a military overlay district; and
  • Web-based educational package dedicated to promoting land use compatibility in communities surrounding Redstone Arsenal.

Point of Contact:

Michelle Jordan

Planning Director

City of Huntsville

(256) 427-5411

Program: Compatible Use

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