What Is a Joint Land Use Study?
A Joint Land Use Study (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. The planning effort results in a listing of strategies that can be implemented by the surrounding jurisdictions and Utah National Guard that can address encroachment, and balance land use and economic development efforts in southern Salt Lake and Northern Utah Counties. While this study may or may not result in an adopted plan, the strategies can be utilized by the respective JLUS partners to foster a compatible land use pattern in the identified study area.
What is the Camp Williams Joint Land Use Study?
Eagle Mountain City received a grant from OEA to fund the preparation of the Camp Williams JLUS. To complete this study, the City has partnered with Herriman City, the City of Bluffdale, the City of Saratoga Springs and Lehi City as well as Salt Lake and Utah Counties and other agencies and organizations in the area.
Camp Williams is located 26 miles south of Salt Lake City on the west slope of the Traverse Mountains. This JLUS is being prepared to address potential encroachment issues associated with future land use and development locating within proximity to the Camp boundaries. The operation of the Camp can affect, and is affected by, activity beyond its land area.The opportunity to create mutually supportive strategies (to both foster a responsive land use plan and regulations for the surrounding area and guide future military related uses inside the fence) has the ability to strike the right balance of appropriate uses, economic interests, and military readiness.
What Are the Objectives of the JLUS?
The primary objective of a JLUS is to reduce existing conflicts and minimize future encroachment between a military installation and its surrounding jurisdictions while accommodating new growth and economic development, sustaining economic vitality, protecting public health and safety, and sustaining the operational missions of the installation. JLUS programs have three core objectives:
- Understanding. Increase communication among the military, local jurisdictions, and stakeholders to promote an understanding of the strong economic and physical relationship that exists between the installation and its neighbors.
- Collaboration. Promote collaborative planning between the military, local jurisdictions and stakeholders in order to safeguard the mission of the installation from future incompatible development.
- Actions. Develop and implement strategies for reducing the impacts of incompatible activities on the community and military operations. Devise tools to support compatibility in the future.
How Will the JLUS Be Developed?
The project will be completed in eight tasks, with each task building upon the results of earlier tasks:
- Task 1: Project Initiation and General Public Involvement
- Task 2: Data Research/Collection/Mapping
- Task 3: Analysis of Land Use and Facilities Conflicts
- Task 4: Future Development vs. Future Land Use
- Task 5: Land Use Policy and Regulation Recommendations
- Task 6: Community Support for Camp Williams Operations
- Task 7: Draft and Final JLUS Reports
- Task 8: Implementation Plan, Action Steps and Ongoing Monitoring
What Will the Camp Williams JLUS Address?
The Camp Williams JLUS will provide:
- A detailed description of existing operations at Camp Williams;
- A profile of the area surrounding Camp Williams and future development trends;
- A listing and discussion of the compatibility issues identified for the Camp Williams area;
- An evaluation of existing land use related plans, programs and regulations that guide decision-making in the area today;
- Recommendations related to land use and nuisances (i.e. noise, glare, height, frequency, etc.) to assist surrounding communities with decision-making; and
- Strategies to provide long-term land use compatibility between Camp Williams and it's surrounding area.
What Is Compatibility?
Compatibility, in relationship to military readiness, can be defined as the balance and/or compromise between community and military needs and interests. The goal of compatibility planning is to promote an environment where both entities can coexist successfully. Study area data on existing conditions obtained from the PC and TC workshops and public workshops will be analyzed to identify current and future compatibility issues. This analysis will also identify the influence of regulatory measures on land use decisions and consider existing and projected development trends within the study area. A set of 23 compatibility factors will be considered to evaluate the range of issues that influence land use compatibility. While all 23 factors will be initially assessed, it is acknowledged that several of them may not exist within the Camp Williams study area, yet all are identified below.
What Are the 23 Compatibility Factors?
These 23 factors address the comprehensive approach undertaken to promote land use compatibility within proximity to Camp Williams. These factors are organized into three topical areas: man-made, natural resources and competition for scarce resources.
What Are JLUS Recommendations?
JLUS recommendations may involve the preparation of new or revisions to a community's existing growth policies and traditional land use and development controls, such as zoning, subdivision regulations, and the promotion of alternative development (i.e. planned unit development or cluster) concepts. Additional actions may include amending local building codes to require increased sound attenuation in existing and new buildings, dark sky ordinance to reduce ambient light generation, land exchanges and transfer of development rights to promote mutually beneficial objectives for public/private owners, and real estate disclosure to provide proper notice during transactions. The recommendations provided in the Camp Williams JLUS will be customized to address the issues resulting from the analysis of the compatibility factors of this area.
Have Past JLUS's Been Successful?
Previous JLUS's prepared in the West have shown a high success rate in addressing compatibility. The JLUS effort can directly benefit both the jurisdictions and the installation by:
- Protecting the health and safety of residents living or working near a military installation.
- Preserving long-term land use compatibility between the installation and the surrounding community.
- Promoting comprehensive community planning.
- Encouraging a cooperative spirit between the installation's command and local and federal government officials.
- Integrating the local jurisdictions' growth policy plans with the installation's plans.