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Moody Air Force Base , Georgia

Southern Georgia Regional Commission working together with Moody Air Force Base to ensure civilian growth is compatible with military mission.

The Southern Georgia Regional Commission served as the study sponsor for the 12-month Joint Land Use Study (JLUS) for the areas surrounding Moody Air Force Base (AFB). The study was completed in 2009.  The City of Valdosta and the Counties of Lowndes, Berrien and Lanier also participated in the study. 

The JLUS represents a community-driven planning process for Moody 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 between Moody AFB and the surrounding communities to address compatibility issues. 

Moody AFB is comprised of 5,487 acres and is used for operational and flight training missions.  The installation is located in south-central Georgia, approximately 10 miles northeast of the City of Valdosta and extends into Lowndes and Lanier Counties.

Existing incompatible development around the installation includes mobile homes in Accident Potential Zones (APZs) 1 and 2, and some residential and commercial development in APZ 2.  Lowndes County provides water and sewer services in the area to the west of the base, which may encourage further development immediately adjacent to the installation, thus creating additional development challenges.  In addition, new commercial and residential growth in Berrien County, north of the base, could have a negative impact on flight mission profiles.  Community development is likely to continue and expand, potentially adversely affecting the installation's diverse and vital flying missions.

The following deliverables were provided from the study effort:

  • Final JLUS Report
  • JLUS Implementation Document including:
    • Technical maps
    • Zoning analysis
    • Memorandum of Understanding for installation and surrounding jurisdictions
    • Military Overlay Zoning District model ordinance
    • Noise Attenuation Construction Standards model ordinance
    • Travel demand model report

Point of Contact:

John Leonard

Southern Georgia Regional Commission

(229) 333-5277

Program: Compatible Use

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