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Maxwell Air Force Base , Alabama

The City of Montgomery and Maxwell Air Force Base work to ensure compatibility with civilian developments and base operations.

The City of Montgomery served as the study sponsor for the Joint Land Use Study (JLUS) for the areas surrounding Maxwell Air Force Base (AFB). Study participants include the Cities of Montgomery and Prattville, Montgomery County, Montgomery Regional Airport, and Maxwell AFB-Gunter Annex.  The JLUS was completed in 2017, and the City of Montgomery continues to oversee the carrying out of the JLUS recommendations.

The JLUS represents a community driven planning process among Maxwell 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 Maxwell AFB and surrounding communities to address compatibility issues.  The study includes a five-mile radius around the base.

Maxwell AFB, located near Montgomery, Alabama is an Air Force Education and Training base under the Air Education and Training Command.  The installation, which is approximately 2,239 acres and includes Gunter Annex, is headquarters to the 42nd Air Base Wing and the Air University and serves as the flying mission of the 908th Airlift Wing.  Potential encroachment challenges to Maxwell AFB include existing incompatible development in the Clear Zones and Accident Potential Zones; lack of jurisdictional controls to guide future compatible development; and possible spectrum management issues.

A JLUS Implementation Committee has been established, consisting of the same regional partners as the study, to oversee carrying out the JLUS recommendations.  Implementation activities include the following:

  • Develop 3-dimensional model of imaginary surfaces to determine if current and future development plans are incompatible with the mission at Maxwell AFB;
  • Update participating cities’ comprehensive plans and zoning ordinances to incorporate JLUS recommendations;
  • Develop JLUS information brochures; and
  • Update Memorandum of Agreement between Maxwell AFB and the surrounding communities.

Point of Contact:

Robert Smith

Director of Planning

City of Montgomery

(336) 625-2712

Program: Compatible Use

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