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Fort Gordon , Georgia

Program: Compatible Use

Fort Gordon , Georgia

Communities surrounding Fort Gordon work together to ensure that the installation meets its mission.

The Central Savannah River Area Regional Commission (CSRARC) served as the project sponsor and grantee for the 24-month Joint Land Use Study (JLUS) around Fort Gordon, completed in September 2017. The Cities of Blythe, Harlem, Grovetown, Hephzibah and Wrens; Town of Dearing; and the Counties of Columbia, McDuffie, Burke, and Jefferson; and other affected stakeholders, are participating in the study. 

The CSRARC JLUS represents a community-driven planning process among Fort Gordon 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 Fort Gordon and the surrounding communities to address compatibility issues. The study area includes a five-mile primary radius and a ten-mile secondary radius surrounding Fort Gordon.

Increasing residential and commercial development in the areas immediately surrounding Fort Gordon were a focus of the study. Additional compatibility challenges that may affect Fort Gordon’s ability to train on land and in the air include:

  • Residential development near the northern boundary of the installation;
  • Increased parcel sales in areas designated for limited residential growth;
  • Noise complaints;
  • Night sky preservation;
  • Land development in Accident Potential Zones, and;
  • Electromagnetic spectrum interference.

The following deliverables were a result of the JLUS:

  • Joint Land Use Study final report to identify compatibility issues and recommended actions to address or mitigate the encroachment issues at Fort Gordon;
  • GIS Internet Mapping Application that allows the public to spatially view critical planning information such as municipal boundaries, tax map parcels, water bodies, infrastructure data, and zoning information, including a military overlay district; and
  • Recommendations for each participating local government entity, including policy statements, ordinances, local government land use controls, noise and other pertinent measures.

Point of Contact:

Martin Laws

Planning Director

(706) 210-2009

Program: Compatible Use

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