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Vance Air Force Base Joint Land Use Study kicks off

ENID, Okla. — Work on a Vance Air Force Base Joint Land Use Study kicked off Monday in Enid.

The city of Enid received a grant from the Office of Economic Adjustment through the Office of the Secretary of Defense to prepare the study, including Kegelman Air Force Auxiliary Field in Alfalfa County, Enid Woodring Regional Airport, related military operations areas, military training routes and surrounding communities. 

Joint Land Use Studies are planning efforts involving an active military installation, surrounding jurisdictions, state and federal agencies and other stakeholders in addressing compatibility planning around military installations. Goals are to reduce conflicts with surrounding areas while accommodating community growth and economic development, sustaining economic vitality, protecting public health and safety and protecting the operational missions of Vance, according to information provided during a kickoff meeting Monday.

Matrix Design Group was selected to prepare the study.

During the meeting, Celeste Werner, Matrix Design Group vice president and project manager, said work is on an 18-month schedule, but could take longer, and the public will be involved throughout the process.

The Office of Economic Adjustment is an arm of the Department of Defense, and it's whole purpose is to assist defense communities, she said.

Werner said the overall Joint Land Use Study is a proactive approach to bring all stakeholders together, and the partners, to engage and enhance the communication, and build on what already has been done.

"Stepping back and working with (city of Enid Planning Administrator) Chris (Bauer), and with the research that we have done, you should be very, very proud," she said. "You have done a lot to already partner, so our goal is to bring forward some of the additional items that may not be in the toolbox today."

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