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Camp Grayling Joint Maneuver Training Center and Alpena Joint Training Center, Michigan

Communities in Northeast Michigan are collaborating to study urban growth issues with area military installations, to ensure continued civilian development while safeguarding the military mission.

The Northeast Michigan Council of Governments is serving as the project sponsor and grantee for the 24-month Joint Land Use Study (JLUS) for the communities surrounding Camp Grayling/Alpena Joint Training Center (JTC). The State of Michigan along with the Counties of Alcona, Alpena, Crawford, Kalkaska, Oscoda, Otsego, Presque Isle and Roscommon are participating in the study. The expected completion date is September 2018.

The Northeast Michigan Council of Governments JLUS is a community-driven planning process designed to promote compatible civilian development in support of military readiness and defense capabilities; protect public health, safety, welfare, and quality of life; promote the economic viability of the communities; and foster continued communication among Camp Grayling and the surrounding communities to address compatibility issues.

Camp Grayling is the largest state-owned and operated field training site in the United States, and serves as the Joint Maneuver Training Center for National Guard soldiers as well as Reserve and Active components of the U.S. military, along with components of military units from other countries. The JLUS planning process benefits both the military installations and surrounding communities by identifying existing and future land use conflicts, and designating where mitigation strategies, ordinances, and future planning may counter possible civilian development which in turn may impair continued military operations.

Compatibility concerns in the Camp Grayling and Alpena area that the JLUS is seeking to address include:

  • Light from industrial expansion east of Camp Grayling South Camp and south of Camp Grayling North Camp that could impact limited visibility training operations
  • Noise complaints from residential expansion west of Camp Grayling North Camp that could constrain the installation’s ability to fire field artillery weapon systems using live munitions.
  • Commercial frequency spectrum encroachment from a private consortium developing and testing Unmanned Aerial Systems in northern Michigan that could impact current fixed-wing operations.
  • Potential private wind energy development northeast of Alpena JTC near Rogers City on Lake Huron.
  • Potential Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary expansion in the direction of the open water range in Lake Huron that could impact live fire operations.

The proposed 24-month JLUS project will result in a final JLUS Report with implementation recommendations, an executive summary and a public internet-based mapping portal.

Point of Contact:
Denise Cline
Northeast Michigan Council of Governments
(517) 304-5816
dmcline@nemcog.org

Program: Compatible Use
State:
MI
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