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Dobbins Air Reserve Base , Georgia

Program: Compatible Use

Dobbins Air Reserve Base , Georgia

Cobb County communities working together to ensure compatibility and communication with civilian development and base operations for the region to thrive.

Cobb County served as the project sponsor and grantee for the 12-month Joint Land Use Study (JLUS) for the areas around Dobbins Air Reserve Base (ARB), completed February 2015. Study participants included Cobb County, the Cities of Marietta and Smyrna, and representatives from Dobbins ARB. Cobb County established a JLUS Implementation Committee to monitor the implementation of recommendations resulting from the JLUS.

Cobb County’s JLUS represents a community-driven planning process among Dobbins ARB and the surrounding communities to promote compatible civilian development in support of military readiness and defense capabilities; protect public health, safety, general welfare, and quality of life; promote the economic viability of the communities; and foster continued communication among Dobbins ARB and surrounding communities to address compatibility issues.

Commercial and industrial development exists in the designated Clear Zone with potential for more growth in the near future that may have a negative impact on aviation operations. 

Additional concerns include:

  • Tree removal, and subsequent development, in the imaginary surface (glide slope) on both the east and west side of the runway could also impact aviation operations.
  • Commercial and residential development in Dobbins ARB’s Accident Potential Zone.
  • Future development along Highway 41, which may impact installation operations.
  • Light pollution from nearby commercial development, which could have an impact on night vision training at the base.
  • The Georgia Tech University Research Institute radar research conducted near the southern portion of the runway, which could impact Dobbins ARB’s base radio frequency spectrum.
  • The construction of cell towers, which could impact flight paths at the installation.

The JLUS Implementation Committee was established to monitor the implementation of JLUS recommendations, to include:

  • Developing and implementing a digital and printed 3-D Imaginary Surfaces Model of allowable heights for the glide slope of the approach and departure surface surrounding Dobbins ARB.
  • A comprehensive light pollution study to determine the full extent of the light pollution issues that could negatively impact the current missions and future missions of Dobbins ARB and offer recommendations to mitigate the problems.
  • Education and outreach program to provide a detailed outline of actions and recommendations to educate and inform the citizenry of all the different operations and missions located and being conducted from Dobbins ARB.

Point of Contact:

Jason Gaines

Planning Manager

(770) 528-2120

Program: Compatible Use

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