What Is a Joint Land Use Study?
A Joint Land Use Study (JLUS) is a cooperative land use planning effort conducted as a joint venture between an active military installation, surrounding cities and counties, state and federal agencies, and other affected stakeholders. The Columbus AFB JLUS is funded through a grant from the Department of Defense (DOD), Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA) and contributions by Lowndes County.
What is the Columbus AFB Joint Land Use Study?
Lowndes County received a grant from OEA to fund the preparation of the Columbus AFB JLUS. To complete this study, the Columbus-Lowndes Development LINK (LINK) assisted Lowndes County by serving as the JLUS Project Manager. Lowndes County and the LINK has partnered with cities, agencies and organizations in the area to conduct the JLUS.
Columbus AFB is located approximately 10 miles north of downtown Columbus, MS. The study area for the Columbus AFB Joint Land Use Study (JLUS) encompassed Columbus AFB, Golden Triangle Regional Airport, and the surrounding areas.
Columbus AFB is located on 4,919 acre and is home to the 14th Flying Training Wing (FTW), which conducts Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training (SUPT) in the T-6A Texan II turboprop, the T-38C Talon, and the T-1A Jayhawk jet aircraft. Since 1970, Columbus AFB has taken great pride in "Producing Pilots, Advancing Airmen and Feeding the Fight," by training an average of 300 international pilots annually. Columbus AFB is a dynamic installation and one of the busiest training bases in the world, with more students in flying training from different countries than any other base in the Air Force.
This JLUS was conducted to address issues associated with the potential of future land use and development encroaching on the Base. Since it is recognized that the operation of the Base can affect, and is affected by, activity beyond its perimeter fences, creating strategies to foster a responsive land use plan and regulations for the surrounding area is important in order to balance appropriate uses, economic interests, and military readiness.