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Vance Air Force Base, Oklahoma

Program: Compatible Use

Vance Air Force Base, Oklahoma

Enid communities are working together to ensure continued growth, new energy projects while protecting the military mission of Vance Air Force Base.

The City of Enid serves as the project sponsor for the 18-month Joint Land Use Study (JLUS) surrounding Vance Air Force Base (AFB), in partnership with Garfield County and the State of Oklahoma. The City of Enid is leading a community-driven planning process to promote compatible civilian development in support of military readiness and defense capabilities; protect public health, safety, welfare, and quality of life; preserve environmental resources; promote the economic viability of the communities; and foster continued communication among the installation and the surrounding communities to address compatibility issues.

Vance AFB operates a Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training Base and hosts the 71st Flying Training Wing. 71st Flying Training Wing develops professional Airmen, delivers world-class U.S. and Allied pilots and deploys combat-ready warriors. The JLUS planning process benefits both the military installations and 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.

Compatibility challenges for Vance AFB and the area communities include siting of energy projects, urban growth and wildfire management. The Enid JLUS will address compatibility concerns regarding increased residential and commercial development, especially to the west along State Route 412 that lies under many of the existing flight patterns. The Drummond Flats Wildlife Management Area, a wetland with a sizable migratory bird presence directly southwest of the military installation, contributes to increased bird aircraft strike hazards (BASH). As such, the region is considering a wetland restoration project. In addition, a significant amount of wind energy development has occurred in Oklahoma over the past few years, particularly south and west of Vance AFB. 

The JLUS project is projected to be completed in September 2018 and will result in a Stakeholder and Public Engagement Plan, JLUS Final Report, and an Implementation Strategy Plan.

Point of Contact:

Chris Bauer

City of Enid

(580) 616-7217

Program: Compatible Use

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