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Project Overview

What Is a Joint Land Use Study?

A JLUS is a collaborative planning effort conducted by the community as a joint venture among active military installations, surrounding cities and counties, state and federal agencies, and other affected stakeholders. The overarching purpose of the JLUS planning process is to identify compatible land uses and growth management guidelines within, and proximate to, active military installations. The NAS Corpus Christi JLUS funded through a grant from the Department of Defense (DOD) Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA) and contributions by the sponsor, the City of Corpus Christi.

What Are the JLUS Objectives?

The primary objective of a JLUS is to reduce potential conflicts between a military installation and surrounding areas while accommodating new growth and economic development, sustaining economic vitality, and protecting the general public's health and safety, without compromising the operational missions of the installation. JLUS programs have three core objectives:

  • UNDERSTANDING. Increase communication between the military, local jurisdictions, and stakeholders to promote an understanding of the strong economic and physical relationship 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. Design tools to support compatibility in the future.

How Will the JLUS Be Developed?

The project will include seven Elements that are built upon each other:

  • Element 1: Committee Formation, Project Kick-off, and Project Strategy
  • Element 2: Inventory and Mapping/Stakeholder Interview
  • Element 3: Analysis of Land Use and Potential Conflicts with Military Mission
  • Element 4: Analysis of Future Development Potential
  • Element 5: Development of Land Use Compatibility Recommendations
  • Element 6: Land Use Compatibility Recommendations
  • Element 7: JLUS Report Development and Acceptance

What Are the Opportunities For Public Input?

The public can be involved in the development of the JLUS by providing input and guidance to the process by informing the representatives of the Policy Committee of their concerns and recommendations, submitting comments and feedback online at, using the interactive JLUS website, and attending the three public workshops.

  • Public Workshop #1: The JLUS process will be introduced and defined. An overview of existing conditions and land use and development trends will be reviewed.
  • Public Workshop #2: The draft compatibility factors will be presented and issues and location of areas of concern will be discussed.
  • Public Workshop #3:The Draft JLUS, including draft recommendations and strategies, will be reviewed and discussed in an open house format.

Dates and locations for the workshops will be advertised and posted to the project website in advance of these events.

JLUS Informational Brochures will also be provided to the public during the JLUS planning process. The brochures will cover the following topics and will be available for download through this website as they are made available.

  • JLUS Overview: The first brochure will describe the purpose, goals, and objectives of the JLUS program.
  • Compatibility Factors: The next brochure will provide an overview of standard compatibility factors that could occur in the study area.
  • JLUS Strategy Toolbox: This brochure will provide an overview of the strategy types that could be considered when addressing compatibility issues.
  • JLUS Executive Summary: The final brochure will provide a summary of the NAS Corpus Christi JLUS and will be published near the end of the process.

What Will the NAS Corpus Christi JLUS Address?

The NAS Corpus Christi JLUS will provide all stakeholders with:

  • A detailed land use assessment for surrounding high growth areas.
  • A baseline of existing incompatible land uses around the installation and outlying fields.
  • Assessments of regional growth trends along designated transportation corridors.
  • A plan to assist surrounding communities with development decision-making.
  • Recommendations and strategies to promote compatible land use planning around NAS Corpus Christi main base (Traux Fields), its outlying fields (Waldron and Cabaniss Fields), Chorpus Christi International Airport, and surrounding communities.

What Is Compatibility?

Compatibility, in relation to military readiness, is defined as the balance or compromise between community and military needs and interests. The goal of compatibility planning is to promote an environment where both entities communicate, coordinate, and implement mutually supportive actions that allow them to achieve their respective objectives. Study area data on existing conditions obtained from the PC and TAG 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.

Numerous factors influence whether community and military plans, programs, and activities are compatible or in conflict. A set of 24 compatibility factors will be considered to evaluate the range of issues that influence land use compatibility. While all 24 factors will be initially assessed, it is acknowledged that several of them may not exist within the Corpus Christi JLUS area, yet all are identified below.

What Are the 24 Compatibility Factors?

These 24 factors address the comprehensive approach undertaken to promote land use compatibility within proximity to NAS Corpus Christi. 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 revisions to the communities' general plan and traditional land use and development controls, such as zoning, subdivision regulations, structural height restrictions, and promotion of planned unit development concepts. Additional actions may include amending local building codes to require increased sound attenuation in existing and new buildings, land exchanges, transfer of development rights, and real estate disclosure.

Have Past JLUS's Been Successful?

Previous JLUS's have shown a high success rate. The JLUS effort can directly benefit both the jurisdiction and the installation by:

  • Protecting the health and safety of residents living or working near military installations.
  • Preserving long-term land use compatibility between the installation and the surrounding community.
  • Promoting comprehensive community planning.
  • Encouraging a cooperative spirit between the local base command and local community officials.
  • Integrating the local jurisdictions' general plans with the installation's plans.


For More Information

Robert Payne, AICP
Senior City Planner
Planning Department
Corpus Christi, TX 78401
(361) 826-3572

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