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Fort Wainwright and Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska

Program: Compatible Use

Fort Wainwright and Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska

Fairbanks North Star Borough and surrounding cities worked together to implement recommendations from a land use study on compatibility with local military installations.

The Fairbanks North Star Borough served as the project sponsor and grantee for the 18-month Fairbanks North Star Borough Joint Land Use Study (JLUS) for the region surrounding Fort Wainwright, Eielson Air Force Base (AFB).  The Cities of Fairbanks and North Pole, the Village of Moose, community organizations and property owners participated in the effort.  The study area includes the airfields and lands in the immediate vicinity at Fort Wainwright and Eielson AFB. The JLUS was completed in 2006, and key recommendations from the study were implemented in 2017.

The JLUS represents a community-driven planning process among Fort Wainwright, Eielson AFB 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 Wainwright and Eielson AFB and the surrounding communities to address compatibility issues. The JLUS planning process benefits both the military installations and their supporting communities by identifying existing and future land use conflicts, and where mitigation strategies, ordinances, and future planning may counter possible civilian development that may impair continued military operations.

Fort Wainwright lies 120 miles south of the Arctic Circle and encompasses approximately 917,000 acres.  Eielson AFB, located 30 miles southeast of Fairbanks, includes 19,789 acres, and by 2020, will receive two F-35 squadrons. Due to the limited availability of developable land in the Fairbanks North Star Borough, Fort Wainwright and Eielson AFB are experiencing land use conflicts.  Additionally, existing infrastructure to support the land development is limited.

The study effort resulted in a Joint Land Use Study final report that identified compatibility issues and recommended actions to address or mitigate the compatibility issues at Fort Wainwright and Eielson AFB.

As a result of carrying out the recommendations of the JLUS, the following deliverables were produced:

Advisory Military Noise Overlay Ordinance;

  • Height Overlay Ordinance;
  • Land Use Restrictions in the Accident Potential Zone at Eielson AFB; and
  • Resolution of support for fee-simple acquisition programs.

Point of Contact:

Melissa Kellner


Fairbanks North Star Borough

(907) 459-1251

Program: Compatible Use

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