Welcome to the Charleston Air
Force Base & Naval Weapons Station Joint Land Use Study (JLUS) website.
A Joint Land Use Study (JLUS) is a Department of
Defense program that examines the positive and negative impacts that
military installations have on surrounding communities, and vice versa.
The main purposes of the program are:
- To encourage cooperative land use planning
between military installations and surrounding communities
- Seek ways to reduce the operational impacts of a
base on adjacent land
What is a Joint Land Use Study?
A cooperative land use planning effort between
military installations and surrounding communities. It promotes
well-suited community growth that support military training and
operational missions. A JLUS identifies actions that can and should be
taken jointly by the surrounding community and military installation to
solve existing encroachment problems and prevent future ones. Military
Bases and the Regional Economy benefit from a symbiotic relationship.
Military installations contribute to the local economy and military
bases benefit from public services and infrastructure. However, in the
same token it is quite possible for the two to have an adverse affect on
Military operations can be loud and present safety
concerns for nearby civilian communities in terms of low flying, high
performance, military aircraft and potential for accidents during
landings, take-offs, and training exercises. On the other hand, urban
development near the perimeter of active military bases impacts the
effectiveness of military missions. Urban encroachment, if unregulated,
can compromise the utility and efficiency of military operations. For
example, certain land uses such as homes, schools, shopping centers,
restaurants and other places of assembly are uses that may be
incompatible if located too close or within the general proximity of
military bases. When community members are exposed to noise, accident
potential, and other negative externalities associated with military
installations, they search for relief. Naturally this results in public
pressure on the military base commander to modify or restrict certain
operations. These constraints can lead to a base closure. Urban
encroachment is a major factor taken into consideration during the Base
Realignment and Closure process.
Installation Compatible Use
The purpose of the long-standing AICUZ program is to promote compatible
land development in areas subject to aircraft noise and accident