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Fort Worth Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base, Texas

North Central Texas communities studied land use issues to support area military missions while allowing for civilian growth.

The North Central Texas Council of Governments (COG) served as the project sponsor and grantee for the 25-month Joint Land Use Study (JLUS) for the regions surrounding Naval Air Station (NAS) Joint Reserve Base (JRB) Fort Worth and installations in North Central Texas.  This study, completed in 2017, carried out some recommendations from a previous JLUS, completed in 2008, as well as provided a study effort for Army installations in the North Central Texas region.  Installations included in the new study are:  Dallas Army Aviation Support Facility (DAASF), located in Dallas; Fort Wolters, located in Mineral Wells; Camp Maxey, located in Lamar County; Eagle Mountain Training Center, located in Pecan Acres; and Colonel Stone Army Reserve Center, located in Fort Worth.

The JLUS represents a regionally-driven planning and coordination process among the North Central Texas region military installations, 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 the military installations and the surrounding communities to address compatibility issues. The JLUS planning process benefits both the military installation and its supporting communities by identifying areas where existing and future land use conflicts might occur, and where mitigation strategies, ordinances, and future planning may counter possible civilian development that may impair continued military operations.

NAS JRB Fort Worth, is located five miles west of downtown Fort Worth, employs approximately 10,500 active-duty military, guardsmen, reservists, and civilians, and hosts Navy, Army, Marine Corps, Air Force, and Texas Air National Guard (TxANG) commands.  A defense contractor plant located adjacent to NAS JRB Fort Worth utilizes the base runway and taxiways. The installations in the North Central region provide a variety of support and training capabilities, including Texas National Guard aviation support, Chinook helicopter training, small arms training and known-distance ranges, 24 kilometer Improvised Explosive Device defeat route, Land Navigation Course, Light Infantry Training, and other activities. Colonel Stone Army Reserve Center is primarily an administrative center for the Army Reserve.  Roughly 500-1,000 reservists come to the facility once a month to drill.

NAS JRB Fort Worth and DAASF lie in very urbanized areas that are experiencing population and economic growth.  The other installations, which lie in less urbanized and rural areas, have development concerns due to unmanned aerial vehicle operations, explosive safety area concerns and Texas-wide limited development controls within unincorporated areas. 

Specifically, the installations face the following issues:

Incompatible residential and commercial development within Accident Potential Zones, high noise areas, and surface danger zones;

  • Significant urban growth drawing development closer to training and operational areas;
  • Competition for airspace, including proximity to Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, airspace saturation, and bird aircraft strike hazards, resulting in potential changes to flight procedures, and associated costs and safety of flight concerns;
  • Height obstruction and radar impacts from wind energy development;
  • Increased potential for airfield flooding due to urban growth;
  • Traffic safety and congestion resulting from significant urban growth in areas with inadequate transportation access;
  • Anti-terrorism/force protection and trespass concerns;
  • Proposed oil and gas development with potential to limit training opportunities; and
  • Special status species that limit helicopter operations and restrict land management activities, such as controlled burning.

The following deliverables are anticipated as a result of the regional study effort:

  • Joint Land Use Study final report to identify compatibility issues and recommended actions to address or mitigate the encroachment issues at DAASF; Fort Wolters Training Center; Camp Maxey Training Center; Eagle Mountain Training Center; Colonel Stone Army Reserve Center; and MOAs and MTRs, using NAS JRB Fort Worth, as a role model and lead.
  • Stormwater Management Analysis and Communication and Coordination Review for the NAS JRB Fort Worth area.

Point of Contact:

Amanda Wilson

Public Involvement Manager

North Central Texas Council of Governments

(817) 659-9284

awilson@nctcog.us

Program: Compatible Use
State:
TX
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