On May 16, the Project Task Force met to review draft work products and lay out a plan for community meetings in September when the public had the opportunity to review and comment on various draft strategies, initiatives and other "compatibility tools." Tools under consideration included:
- Updates to community "General Plans" to incorporate compatibility policies and strategies
- Revisions to land use regulations, tailored to meet the needs of specific communities
- "Disclosure" procedures to advise buyers/tenants of Camp operations and impacts
- More formal coordination procedures to enhance Camp-Community collaboration
- An electronic brochure, list serve and other tools to disseminate information
On September 9, 2014, the project Task Force met to review public input from the September 8 Community Open House, to prepare for the second Open House (held the evening of September 9), and to discuss a plan and schedule for the next steps in the project. In addition, team members discussed various implementation efforts already under way in participating communities, including the development of "Dark Sky" lighting ordinances and beneficial policy amendments to community "General Plans" that are used to guide development. Other communities were working in partnership with Camp Williams leadership to pursue mutual goals relating to open space "buffers" along the Camp's northern property line, as well as to evaluate planned regional transportation extension options to the southeast of Camp Williams.
Finally, the group affirmed the decision not to pursue a regional Agricultural Preservation Ordinance, based on a detailed analysis and related findings provided by the project consultant. In general, it was felt that the potential for leveraging farmland preservation as a means of facilitating military compatibility was limited by conflicting community policies, plans and regulations, as well as other factors such as current State Statutes, infrastructure and transportation plans and vested rights in approved developments that will be located on existing farmland. However, it was also recognized that individual communities could and perhaps should pursue these objectives in areas outside of the JLUS study, where significant potential benefits might be achieved.
The Committee held its last meeting on Thursday, February 5, 2015 at Camp Williams to review the public meeting held on the prior night and to prepare for the February 5 meeting in Saratoga Springs. The members reviewed the Final Recommendations Report and discussed options for implementation efforts following completion of the JLUS Implementation contract. The consensus was that some type of collaborative effort should continue on an on-going basis, perhaps using the Committee as the initial means of organizing for those efforts, particularly given the body of knowledge and expertise gained by members through both the JLUS and the JLUS Implementation projects.