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Naval Air Station Corpus Christi , Texas

Corpus Christi and Naval Air Station Corpus Christi collaborate on compatible growth issues for both civilian and military development.

The City of Corpus Christi served as the project sponsor and grantee for the 26-month Joint Land Use Study (JLUS) for the area surrounding Naval Air Station (NAS) Corpus Christi.  The study was completed July 2013. Along with the City of Corpus Christi, Nueces County and other affected stakeholders participated in the study. 

The JLUS represents a community-driven planning process among NAS Corpus Christi 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 NAS Corpus Christi and the surrounding communities to address compatibility issues. 

The JLUS planning process benefits both the military installation and its supporting 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.

NAS Corpus Christi is located in the eastern section of the City of Corpus Christi and is 4,575 acres.  In addition to the main base, NAS Corpus Christi has control of two outlying fields that were included in this study.  At the time of this study, NAS Corpus Christi provided primary flight training to Naval Aviators in the multi-engine T-44, C-12, and single engine T-34, which were replaced by the T-6 Texan in 2012.

The primary encroachment concern is residential development in and near the Accident Potential Zones (APZs) and noise contour areas of the main base and two outlying fields.  Airspace management is also a concern since Navy training operations require over 750 take-offs and landings per day and the Corpus Christi International Airport is within their training airspace.

The study resulted in the Joint Land Use Study final report, which identified compatibility issues and recommended actions to address or mitigate the encroachment issues at NAS Corpus Christi and subordinate auxiliary land fields. The City of Corpus Christi incorporated some JLUS recommendations as part of their comprehensive plan update. 

Point of Contact:

Margie Rose

City Manager

City of Corpus Christi

(361) 826-1874

Program: Compatible Use

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