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Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia

Program: Compatible Use

Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia

The Hampton and Newport News communities are working with Joint Base Langley-Eustis on a plan to address waterway development and congestion, as well as other urban growth issues.

The City of Newport News is serving as the project sponsor and grantee for the 19-month Joint Land Use Study (JLUS) with a projected completion date of March 2018. The Commonwealth of Virginia along with the Cities of Hampton and Poquoson, and the Counties of James City and York are also participating in the study.

The Newport News JLUS is a community-driven planning process designed to promote compatible civilian development in support of military readiness and defense capabilities; protect public health, safety, welfare, and quality of life; promote the economic viability of the communities; and foster continued communication among Joint Base Langley-Eustis (JBLE) and the surrounding communities to address compatibility issues.

The JLUS planning process benefits both the military installations and surrounding 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. Unlike other joint bases that share common perimeters, approximately 18 miles geographically separate the two installations. 

The primary mission of JBLE is to provide air operations, training, education, and logistical support for the United States military worldwide. Continued residential and commercial development in the Cities of Newport News and Hampton, specifically along the I-64 corridor, impacts military base activity. A mixed-use development adjacent to current Eustis training areas has been proposed, which could cause further transportation issues. Marina development in the regional waterways is creating further silting, with the potential to impair military training. Additionally, increased civilian boating traffic on adjacent waterways could impede current and future military training and operations and pose a significant safety risk to both military and civilian vessels. Finally, recurrent flooding at the former Langley AFB runway continues to be a concern and is included for further analysis in the JLUS study.

The following deliverables are anticipated from the study effort:

  • Fort Eustis JLUS Overview
  • Fort Eustis Final JLUS
  • Langley AFB JLUS Overview
  • Langley AFB JLUS Addendum

Point of Contact:
Britta Ayers
City of Newport News
(757) 926-8761

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