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Voluntary buyout letters sent to U.C. property owners

Dozens of Universal City property owners whose homes and businesses sit within Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph flight paths have received offers to participate in voluntary buyouts of their property.

Renee Green, Bexar County director of public works, said letters went out to the owners of 57 pieces of property that exist within the air base’s Clear Zone, an area 3,000 feet wide that stretches 3,000 feet from each end of Randolph’s east and west runways.

Green said the county received a $4.7 million state grant to buy land around JBSA-Randolph to protect it from development. The buyout effort is entirely voluntary on the part of the landowner.

“If people want to volunteer, we’ll work with them,” Green said. “We’re going strictly off the list that JBSA provided us. If people don’t want to sell, they can just tell us they are not interested, and we won’t bother them again.”

Green said the county began with owners of undeveloped land around the base. If a landowner participates and sells that land, it would remain vacant and never be developed.

“We started this entire program focusing on the undeveloped properties first. We have exhausted all the people who own undeveloped properties,” she said. “Now, we’ve moved on to the improved property. And the only reason we’ve targeted these homes is because the JBSA put them on the list of homes in the Clear Zones.”

A lengthy and exhaustive Joint Land Use Study in 2014-2015 produced three ratings for land surrounding the air base: the Clear Zone (CZ), which includes area within 3,000 feet of the end of the runways; and Accident Potential Zone (APZ) I and II, which extend 5,000 (APZ I) and 7,000 (APZ II) from the end of the runway.

The land study says the CZ “extends outward from the ends of the runway … and has the potential to create compatibility issues within the cities that are encompassed within the CZs.” There is no mention of any compatibility issues in the APZs.

Green stressed that the voluntary buyout program is another effort to solidify Randolph’s mission and continued vitality and importance in the region.

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