Minot Air Force Base Joint Land Use Study
In 1985 Congress authorized the Department of Defense (DoD) to offer community planning assistance grants to help local governments address land use incompatibilities around military facilities. These grants are administered by the Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA) and are used to fund cooperative planning efforts called Joint Land Use Studies (JLUS) involving the base, local government, and the public.
In February 2014, Souris Basin Planning Council (SBPC) was awarded funding assistance to conduct a JLUS. Local matching funds were provided by the Minot Area Chamber of Commerce. A consulting team, SRF Consulting Group, Inc. with HDR Inc., was selected to conduct the study. The JLUS was completed in 2015.
The JLUS highlighted a number of operational and land use conflicts between Minot Air Force Base and other jurisdictions within its influence. The final document identified strategies to address conflicts that could impact the mission of the US Air Force.
In June 2017, SBPC was awarded additional funding for JLUS Implementation. With these grant funds, SBPC worked with SRF Consulting Group, Inc. to create a Do-It-Yourself Comprehensive Plan Guide for cities, townships and counties and held four comprehensive plan training seminars. This document and training is the first of its kind in the state of North Dakota.
E-blast Template available upon request from Souris Basin Planning Council