Joint Base Andrews Naval Air Facility Washington Joint Land Use Study is now available on-line. The study’s recommendations were presented to the County Council on November 17, 2009. Click here to view.
On September 11, 2007, the District Council passed CR-61-2007, which authorized the Joint Land Use Study (JLUS) in cooperation with the Department of Defense’s Office of Economic Adjustment and Joint Base Andrews (formerly Andrews Air Force Base).
Following the Office of Economic Adjustment’s JLUS guidelines, a Technical Committee and Policy Committee were formed to create the JLUS. Between September 2008 and October 2009, the two committees worked to develop recommendations for compatible development in the base’s Accident Potential Zones (APZ I and APZ II). Regulating land uses within these zones is a critical issue from the perspective of public health, safety, and welfare and forms the primary focus of the JLUS. The study determined that the public’s exposure to hazards may be reduced through planning for low-density land uses and development patterns. The JLUS basic criteria for APZ I and APZ II land use guidelines include preventing uses that:
- Promote concentrations of large numbers of people for an extended duration.
- Specifically cater to people who may not be able to respond to an emergency situation such as children, the elderly, handicapped citizens, and those requiring medical attention.
- Are highly labor intensive.
- Create a hazard to the public due to the storage or use of explosive, flammable, or toxic material(s) in outdoor, above-ground storage tanks.
The Department of Defense defines low-intensity land uses as those that limit commercial, service, or industrial buildings to an occupancy range of 25–50 people per acre. The JLUS study recommendations incorporate this approach of limiting non-residential uses by promoting uses that have a lower number of employees and customers.
Other study recommendations include strategies for mitigating base area noise impacts, ensuring building height compatibility, promoting base area economic development, and protecting environmental and historic assets.
Who Prepared the JLUS Report?
The Planning Department staff worked with two committees, the Policy Committee and the Technical Committee, to prepare the study. The Policy Committee provided guidance for the process and approved the study recommendations. This committee included elected officials and their representatives, military personnel, state government staff, and a business community representative. The Technical Committee, comprised of county, state, and military staff, provided professional advice.