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Joint Base San Antonio, Texas

Program: Compatible Use

Joint Base San Antonio, Texas

San Antonio communities are partnering to ensure civilian communities continue to thrive and that Joint Base San Antonio will meet its military mission as the nation’s largest joint base.

The Alamo Area Council of Governments (AACOG) is the sponsor for the effort to carry out recommendations from three previously completed Joint Land Use Study (JLUS) projects. The City of San Antonio; Counties of Bexar, Guadalupe, Comal and Kendall, and other affected stakeholders participated in the studies. AACOG is managing a community-driven planning process among Joint Base San Antonio (JBSA) and the surrounding communities 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 JBSA and the surrounding communities to address compatibility issues.

The AACOG proposes to evaluate and expand their role as a regional planning organization to assist and enhance the capacities of local governments to carry out the JLUS recommendations across the broader San Antonio region. Joint Base San Antonio, created through a 2005 Base Closure and Realignment Commission recommendation, combined installation support functions for Fort Sam Houston, Camp Bullis, Randolph and Lackland Air Force Bases creating the largest joint base in the Department of Defense. As such, the purpose of this project is to undertake a regional effort to unify and integrate JLUS recommendations from three separate studies (formerly Camp Bullis in June 2009, in Lackland AFB in November 2011, and Randolph AFB in September 2014) and to provide JBSA an opportunity to develop stronger working relationships with the State, region, and local jurisdictions.

The Air Force established the 502nd Air Base Wing to provide installation support across all JBSA locations and its Air Force commander also serves as the JBSA commander. Camp Bullis plays a critical role as the single domestic training location for Army combat medics. 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.

Potential compatibility issues and encroachment challenges and concerns that could impair continued military operations at JBSA include:

  • Encroachment in Accident Potential Zones.
  • No limits to height development adjacent to airfields.
  • Wildlife mitigation from Bird/Wildlife Air Strike Hazard (BASH) concerns.
  • Water scarcity concerns.
  • Unrestricted alternative energy development.

This effort to carry out the recommendations commenced in the Fall of 2016 and is planned to last for 24-Months. The effort will include outreach materials and GIS maps to share information between the installation and the community.

The following deliverables are anticipated from the study effort:

  • A database for tracking all JLUS Recommendations across jurisdictional boundaries.
  • Regional Joint Land Use Implementation Strategy brochure.
  • Regional Joint Land Use Implementation Strategy web-based media.
  • Established regional stakeholder meeting protocol and charter.

Point of Contact:
Gloria Vasquez
Director, Regional Services
Alamo Area Council of Governments
(210) 362-5212

Program: Compatible Use

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