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Offutt Air Force Base , Nebraska

Omaha, Nebraska and surrounding cities have collaborated with Offutt Air Force Base to ensure the extensive civilian growth in the region is compatible with the military mission.

The Omaha Council Bluffs Metropolitan Area Planning Agency (OCBMAPA) served as the project sponsor and grantee for the Joint Land Use Study (JLUS) for the area surrounding the Offut Air Force Base (AFB), which was completed in December 2017.  The Cities of Bellevue and Plattsmouth, Nebraska; Council Bluffs, Iowa; Douglas and Sarpy Counties, Nebraska; and Pottawattamie and Mills Counties, Iowa, participated in the JLUS planning effort, and OCBMAPA will oversee carrying out JLUS recommendations.

The OCBMAPA JLUS represents a community-driven planning process among Offutt 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 Offutt AFB 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 planning may counter possible civilian development that may impair military operations.

Offutt AFB is located in Sarpy County, southeastern Nebraska, bordering the City of Bellevue, 10 miles from downtown Omaha and 17 miles from the City of Council Bluffs, Iowa.  The installation is 4,041 acres including a main base, Capehart Housing Area and two remote sites. Offutt AFB provides global reconnaissance, real time intelligence gathering, command and control, information warfare, electronic attack, treaty verification, and combat support to national leadership and warfighting commanders.  The installation contains more than 90 activities including the U.S. Strategic Command and Air Force Weather Agency.  Extensive civilian residential and commercial development projected near Offutt AFB’s southern boundary along the Highway 75 corridor may have negative impacts on mission operations.

The following deliverables are expected from the study effort:

  • Final JLUS Report to identify compatibility issues and recommended actions to address and mitigate the encroachment issues surrounding Offutt AFB;
  • JLUS implementation summary document, recommended comprehensive plan updates, and a suggested zoning map tailored for each jurisdiction surrounding the base; and
  • Public information brochures focused on reducing wildlife attractants, frequency interference, height limits and use of drones near Offutt AFB.

Point of Contact:

Matthew Roth

Associate Planner

Omaha Council Bluffs Metropolitan Planning Agency


Program: Compatible Use

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