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Wallops Island SCSC, Virginia

Accomack County is examining how best to continue civilian growth while supporting the military mission of Wallops Island.

Accomack County serves as the project sponsor and grantee for the 32-month Joint Land Use Study (JLUS) for the Surface Combat Systems Center (SCSC) Wallops Island and surrounding areas. Accomack County, the Town of Chincoteague, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Wallops Flight Facility (the host federal facility for SCSC Wallops Island) and other affected stakeholders are participating in the study. 

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

Accomack County, located on the Delmarva Peninsula between the Atlantic Ocean and the Chesapeake Bay, is primarily rural in nature with agriculture being the predominant land use. The Wallops Island area, and those areas close by, have experienced residential and commercial development pressure in recent years. Nearby, Chincoteague Island, which is an incorporated town and has a robust tourism industry, has also experienced steady growth pressure. These civilian growth pressures have the potential to impact the mission of the nearby installations.

The following deliverables are expected from the study effort: Joint Land Use Study final report and implementation plan to identify compatibility issues, and recommended actions to address or mitigate the encroachment issues for SCSC Wallops Island.

Point of Contact:

Rich Morrison

Director of Planning and Community Development

County of Accomack

(757) 787-5726

rmorrison@co.accomack.va.us

Program: Compatible Use
State:
va
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