Recognizing the value of Camp Williams to the region's economy and to our national defense, in 2011 through 2012, several area communities participated in a "Joint Land Use Study" (JLUS). As part of that JLUS, a compatibility assessment identified existing and potential future conflicts impacting both the Camp's ability to accomplish its military mission, as well as the ability of surrounding communities to achieve their goals and objectives with respect to transportation, economic development, housing and other important areas.
In October of 2012, a final JLUS Report was published containing specific recommendations for actions that can and should be undertaken by the Camp and by surrounding communities in order to eliminate, mitigate or avoid conflicts identified during the JLUS process.
As a logical and prudent next step, the "JLUS Implementation" project accomplished that task by assisting participating communities in the complex process of making the JLUS study recommendations a reality in four key subject areas:
The JLUS identified existing and potential future land uses within a 1-2 mile radius of the camp, which are or could be incompatible with Camp operations. These particular land uses are affected by noise, vibration, aircraft and other aspects of Camp operations more than certain other types of land use. For instance, land uses such as moderate to higher density housing, facilities for the elderly and schools require quieter and more secure settings than what would be sufficient for an industrial or general commercial land use.
As with Land Use, light can also have significant negative impacts on both the Camp operations, as well as the quality of life of area citizens. Excessive light wastes money and energy, impacts certain types of wildlife and most critically, impedes the ability to carry out military training that requires dark conditions.
Noise and Vibration
Noise and vibration from Camp operations is certainly one of the most obvious and significant impacts on adjacent land uses. One way to mitigate or avoid impacts is through carefully locating land uses, however, when this is not possible, other strategies can be deployed, such as special building construction techniques. In addition, simple awareness of Camp operations, activity schedules and the like can help to "prepare" people and businesses in close proximity to the Camp, so they might be better able to manage these events and circumstances.
A major component of the Camp's operations involves the use of helicopters. The JLUS identified the principal flight paths used to access the Camp, as well as the current and potential future land uses located below these areas. Obviously, tall structures such as cell communication "monopoles," wind energy towers, large electric transmission towers and the like are a major safety concern. Accordingly, the JLUS included suggestions as to procedures and standards that might be implemented in order to eliminate or avoid serious risks to military and private citizen alike.