Special to The Columbus Packet
A third meeting to discuss land use planning around the Columbus Air Force Base will be held Tues., May 14, beginning at 6 p.m. The meeting, which is open to the public, will be held at the Caledonia YMCA. It is a joint-effort between the Golden Triangle Development Link, CAFB, the City of Columbus and Lowndes County.
According to Mary Cates Williams, Link Executive Vice President for Government Relations, a a Joint Land Use Study (JLUS) is being prepared to address compatibility planning around CAFB.
“The JLUS is a cooperative land use planning effort conducted as a joint venture between an active military installation, surrounding cities and counties, state and federal agencies and other affected stakeholders,” Williams said. “The overall goal of the JLUS is to protect the viability of current and future missions at Columbus Air Force Base, while accommodating growth, sustaining the economic health of the region, and protecting public health and safety.”
Williams said compatibility between the community and military involves achieving a balance and/or compromise between community and military needs and interests in order to promote an environment where both entities can coexist successfully.
Among the areas included in the study are land use, safety zones, energy development and the quantity and quality of water.
For more information visit the project’s website at: www.columbusjlus.com.