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Fort Hood, Texas

Program: Compatible Use

Fort Hood, Texas

Fort Hood communities have a long history of working with the military installation to ensure civilian growth is compatible with the military mission.

The City of Killeen served as the project sponsor and grantee for the Joint Land Use Study (JLUS), which was completed December 2016. The 10-mile study area included Fort Hood and the counties and cities immediately adjacent to the installation. The Cities of Harker Heights, Copperas Cove, Gatesville, Temple, Nolanville, Brownwood and Belton; Counties of Coryell and Bell; Heart of Texas Defense Alliance; Fort Hood; and the Central Texas Council of Governments participated in the 17-month JLUS planning process. 

The City of Killeen JLUS represents a community driven planning process between Fort Hood and the surrounding communities to promote compatible civilian development in support of military readiness and defense capabilities; protect the public health, safety, general welfare, and quality of life; promote the economic viability of the communities; and foster continued communications between Fort Hood and the surrounding communities to address compatibility issues.

The 218,823 acre Fort Hood supports the largest concentration of heavy force military capabilities in the Army, with three Armored Brigade Combat Teams (ABCT) and one Stryker Brigade Combat Team (SBCT). 

The JLUS identified the following areas of focus for the communities and Fort Hood to ensure continued civilian growth that is compatible with the installation’s mission:

  • Regional coordination in support of compatible growth;
  • Planning for compatible growth, and;
  • Regulations to support compatible growth strategies.

The Central Texas Council of Governments established a JLUS Implementation Committee, consisting of the same regional partners as the study itself. The committee is currently working on carrying out the following actions based on the JLUS recommendations:

  • Developing a regional GIS database to track JLUS coordination across jurisdictions
  • Developing a dark skies ordinance to address light pollution
  • Revising municipal government comprehensive plans, subdivision regulations, zoning ordinances and building codes to incorporate JLUS recommendations
  • Developing a formal Memorandum of Agreement between Fort Hood and the surrounding jurisdictions to facilitate communications on community development issues that could adversely impact Fort Hood

Point of Contact:

Stu McLennan

Central Texas Council of Governments

(254) 702-3638

Program: Compatible Use

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