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Shaw Air Force Base , South Carolina

Program: Compatible Use

Shaw Air Force Base , South Carolina

Sumter, South Carolina is implementing recommendations for growth and development to ensure compatibility with the mission at Shaw Air Force Base

The City of Sumter served as the project sponsor and grantee for the 18-month Joint Land Use Study (JLUS) for the area surrounding the Shaw Air Force Base (AFB)/Poinsett Electronic Combat Range (ECR), completed in December 2016. The City of Sumter and Sumter County, with other affected stakeholders, participated in the study.  The Sumter City-County Planning Department will continue to oversee carrying out the JLUS recommendations.

The City of Sumter JLUS represents a community-driven planning process among Shaw AFB, Poinsett ECR, 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 Shaw AFB, Poinsett ECR 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.

Located 8 miles west of the City of Sumter, Shaw Air Force Base hosts nearly 6,000 military and 1,000 civilian personnel, and hosts the Air Force’s largest combat F-16 wing.  The Poinsett Weapons Range is a night capable, Class A range that hosts a diverse group of DoD aircraft that deliver practice ordinance on four different target types.  The Poinsett Electronic Combat Range provides the largest electronic combat simulations on the East Coast, supporting training for Suppression/Destruction of Enemy Air Defense (SEAD/DEAD) missions.

The City of Sumter is growing, with projections of a 14 percent population increase from 2010 to 2025.  Primary catalysts for the anticipated growth include economic development successes like the opening of a Continental Tire manufacturing facility, which is expected to bring 1,700 new employees to the area by the end of the decade. Sumter’s growth and development pattern threatens to intersect with Shaw AFB, creating residential and commercial encroachment and the potential for new, incompatible uses.

Shaw AFB and the Sumter Community have identified a number of compatibility and encroachment concerns, such as:

  • Urban growth
  • Shaw AFB’s changing mission - F-35 programs
  • Rise of low-density residential housing
  • Noise management
  • Spectrum encroachment
  • Energy compatibility
  • Airspace management.

The study effort produced the Joint Land Use Study final report to identify compatibility issues and recommended actions to address or mitigate the encroachment issues at Shaw AFB and Poinsett ECR.

Point of Contact:

George McGregor

Planning Director

City of Sumter

(803) 744-1660

Program: Compatible Use

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