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Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida

Program: Compatible Use

Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida

Bay County is working together with Tyndall Air Force Base to ensure continued compatible growth.

Bay County serves as the project sponsor and grantee for the 18-month Tyndall Air Force Base (AFB) Joint Land Use Study (JLUS), projected for completion in January 2019.  The Cities of Mexico Beach, Callaway and Panama City; Town of Parker; and other affected stakeholders are participating in the study. 

The JLUS represents a community-driven planning process among the communities surrounding Tyndall AFB to promote compatible civilian development in support of military readiness and defense capabilities at the installation; protect public health, safety, general welfare, and quality of life; promote the economic viability of the communities; and foster continued communication among Tyndall AFB and the surrounding communities to address compatibility issues.  The JLUS 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.

Tyndall AFB encompasses more than 29,000 acres of Southeastern Bay County, Florida along the Gulf of Mexico.  Located in the unincorporated portion of Bay County, Tyndall AFB is also close neighbors with the City of Mexico Beach, City of Callaway, Town of Parker, and City of Panama City. 

Bay County, residing along the Gulf Coast, is a large tourist destination and communities are expanding.  Compatibility concerns include electromagnetic spectrum issues, new roads and associated potential development, and existing and planned residential development within installation-generated noise areas. 

The following deliverables are anticipated from the study effort:

  • Joint Land Use Study final report to identify compatibility issues and recommended actions to address or mitigate the encroachment issues at Tyndall AFB.
  • Compilation of relevant geographic information system (GIS) data to assist in encroachment analysis and management.
  • Draft zoning overlay regulations and ordinances and a timetable for local jurisdiction adoption.

Point of Contact:

Ian Crelling

Planning Manager

Bay County Planning and Zoning Division

(850) 248-8250

Program: Compatible Use

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