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CONTACTBritta Ayers, Project ManagerDepartment of PlanningCity of Newport News (757) 926-8074 (Direct)firstname.lastname@example.org
NEWPORT NEWS, VA (January 10, 2018) – After approximately 13 months of research and public input, a draft of the Joint Land Use Study is available for review.All three localities are collaboratively hosting community workshops to share the draft plan. The workshops are:
Tuesday, January 16, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.Abram Frink Community Center8901 Pocahontas TrailWilliamsburg, VA 23185
Wednesday, January 17, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.Denbigh Community Center15198 Warwick BoulevardNewport News, VA 23608
Both workshops are free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.The Department of Defense, Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA) provides grants to state and local governments to conduct a Joint Land Use Study (JLUS) to support the long-term sustainability and operability of the military installation complex. Fort Eustis has been nominated for the program to examine installation activities and surrounding land use and development plans to identify and document potential impacts and opportunities to establish shared goals and long-term compatibility with adjacent localities. A JLUS was prepared for Langley Air Force Base (AFB) in 2010 prior to the merger with Fort Eustis as a joint base. This JLUS will only address the Fort Eustis facilities; however, coordination will occur through the host unit (633d Air Base Wing), which provides installation support functions for JBLE.The goal of the JLUS is to encourage local governments, together with the Commonwealth of Virginia, to work closely with JBLE to implement measures that prevent the introduction of incompatible civilian development that may impair the continued operational utility of the installation, and to preserve and protect the public health, safety, and welfare of those living on or near Fort Eustis.The JLUS planning process is intended to increase public awareness of the military missions and contribution to the regional economy, and protect and preserve military readiness and defense capabilities while supporting continued community economic development.The localities in this process with Fort Eustis are the City of Newport News, James City County and York County. Since February 2017, there have been two previous public meetings seeking citizens’ comments. Nearly 300 surveys were conducted online and on site at several community events.For more information, go to www.forteustisjlus.comor contact the project manager, Britta Ayers, Planning Department, City of Newport News at (757) 926-8074 (Direct) or email@example.com.