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Naval Support Activity Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania

Program: Compatible Use

Naval Support Activity Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania

Hampden Township communities come together to address traffic and other urban development issues with Naval Support Activity Mechanicsburg.

Hampden Township is serving as the project sponsor and grantee for the 18-month Joint Land Use Study (JLUS) for the communities surrounding Naval Support Activity (NSA) Mechanicsburg, with a projected completion date of June 2018.  Cumberland County, the Borough of Mechanicsburg and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania are also participating in the study.

The JLUS is a community-driven planning process for the communities surrounding NAS Mechanicsburg, 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 NSA Mechanicsburg and the surrounding communities to address compatibility issues.

The JLUS benefits both the military installation and its 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.

The main concern the JLUS will address is increased traffic volumes combined with limited transportation capacity in Hampden Township. NSA Mechanicsburg’s core mission relies on efficient movement of goods and material by truck.  Increased traffic on area roads from commercial development are resulting in backups and hindering traffic flow, especially during peak travel periods.  Hampden Township has named regional transportation a key concern and recognizes the adverse impacts traffic congestion is having on NSA Mechanicsburg operations.

Regional storm water management is another key concern for the communities surrounding NSA Mechanicsburg.  As the region continues to grow, the need has increased for coordinated regional storm water management to address regional storm water drainage, flooding, and related degradation of water quality.  Storm water drainage ditches, combined with unregulated residential and commercial runoff, is increasing the potential for area flooding and adversely impacting water quality.

The following deliverables are anticipated from the study effort:

  • Final JLUS Report
  • Public Participation Plan
  • Implementation Strategy

Point of Contact

Keith Metts
Hampden Township
(717) 761-0119


Program: Compatible Use

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