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- Who is involved in the JLUS and what are their roles?
The JLUS is a joint effort between the MSB, Elmendorf AFB, Fort Richardson, and
the National Guard. A Policy Committee comprised of MSB staff and military representatives
will advise on technical issues and oversee the development of the report, alternatives,
and recommendations. A Technical Committee made up of MSB and military planning
staff, Tribal representatives, and community stakeholders will provide policy direction,
project oversight and monitoring, and will adopt the study.
Public input, critical to the success of the JLUS, will be sought through public
meetings, newsletters, comment forms, and contact information. The team will conduct
Open House meetings at locations throughout the MSB at key milestones in the planning
process. These meetings will give residents opportunities to discuss the existing
issues, review draft recommendations and provide input on implementation strategies.
Representatives of the Advisory Committees will also attend some of the public meetings
and project consultants will be available to answer questions.
- What areas will be the focus of the State’s JLUS project?
The JLUS will focus most closely on identified areas of potential conflict. These
include Urban growth and development in Mat-Su Borough, across Knik Arm from Elmendorf
AFB (i.e. proposed prison and Port McKenzie expansion), recreational use in the
Nelchina Plateau, and crowded air corridors throughout the Borough.
- What is the objective of the MSB JLUS project?
The JLUS is intended to promote effective land use planning at state and local government
levels that is compatible with nearby installations’ training and operational missions.
- How will the project be undertaken?
Interviews will be conducted with key stakeholders, public meetings will be held
to gather and disseminate information, mapping will be developed and current and
potential future land use conflicts will be analyzed. New land use compatibility
measures will be devised and strategies for their implementation will be recommended.
- How long will the project take?
The completion of the project is anticipated in summer 2009.