A Joint Land Use Study (JLUS) is a tool funded and used by the Department of Defense (DoD) to evaluate the synergy between military installations and the neighboring civilian communities that host them. The study focused on an evaluation of the compatibility of land use and development activity in civilian communities with air and ground operations, training, testing and power projection missions conducted at Fort Hood. The goal of this study was to identify ways that Fort Hood and the neighboring civilian communities could work together cooperatively to encourage compatible growth and help to ensure the long term viability and sustainability of Fort Hood’s mission.
The City of Killeen served as the sponsor for the JLUS. As the study’s sponsor, city staff coordinated the project with DoD’s Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA), the study partners and the consultant selected to develop the study. OEA is DoD’s executive agent for the study and provides 90% of the funding for the project, while the City of Killeen provided a 10% match through in-kind staff support and services. Local government partners in the JLUS included the cities of Killeen, Belton, Brownwood, Copperas Cove, Gatesville, Harker Heights, and Temple, as well as Bell County and Coryell County. Other partners in the study included Fort Hood, the Central Texas Council of Governments (CTCOG), the Heart of Texas Defense Alliance (HOTDA), along with numerous state and federal agencies.
With the City of Killeen serving as the study sponsor, representatives from the partner local governments and agencies were appointed to serve on the two committees that provided oversight and technical support during the process. The Policy Committee was comprised of elected officials who were given the charge to guide the overall direction of the process and to approve the final report once completed. The Policy Committee was supported by the Technical Committee, whose membership was comprised of city managers and planning staff, Fort Hood staff, and representatives from other local and regional organizations. The Technical Committee provided direct input to the consulting team and assisted in coordinating the project with their local governments and agencies. CLICK HERE to see a list of the policy and technical committee members. CLICK HERE to see the project meetings and major milestones.
Goals & Objectives
The Joint Land Use Study includes a total of 34 recommendations in four categories that the study partners will consider, based on each jurisdiction or agencies needs and preferences, as the region embarks on the process of implementing the JLUS. The four categories of recommendations are briefly discussed below. The full set of recommendations are availble in Section 6 of the JLUS.