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MARCH 25 AT UMW-DAHLGREN
On March 25, King George County will host its first public forum on a Joint Land Use Study (JLUS) underway for the communities around the Naval Support Facility Dahlgren.
The forum’s focus is to provide an overview about the JLUS and its importance, an explanation of the study process, and information about the compatibility factors being assessed.
The forum on March 25 will begin at 7 p.m. at the UMW’s Dahlgren Campus Center for Education & Research. County residents and other business and community members are encouraged to attend.
This is the first direct opportunity for the public to provide input, which is a critical component in the development of the JLUS to ensure that it is responsive to local community needs.
This forum is slated to provide an opportunity for attendees to participate in a presentation and round table discussion of the Joint Land Use Study, which addresses compatibility planning for the areas surrounding the Naval Support Facility Dahlgren.
PURPOSE OF JLUS
King George, in cooperation with other communities, agencies, and organizations in the region, is conducting a JLUS to identify existing and potential land use issues that could impact the Dahlgren mission and operations.
Recommendations are being developed to mitigate or prevent the issues identified and to guide compatibility planning around Dahlgren, its Pumpkin Neck Annex, and the Potomac River Range Complex. The idea is to accommodate new growth and economic development in the adjacent communities, protect public health and safety, while at the same time sustaining the operational missions of the base.
The JLUS is exploring how Dahlgren and local jurisdictions can work together through enhanced communication and coordination to best achieve the mutual goals of all stakeholders.
The study is expected to make recommendations that will emphasize compatible growth and sustainable and coordinated planning that fosters mutual positive growth on the Navy base at Dahlgren and in the surrounding communities.
Part of that plan is to include the development of an on-going communications plan to facilitate frequent discussion between elected officials of the affected localities and the base commander.
Some of that is already ongoing through COMREL and the Fredericksburg Chamber’s Military Affairs committee.
In addition to King George, the other localities included in the JLUS are Westmoreland and Colonial Beach, along with the Charles County and St. Mary’s County in Maryland. The Navy base at Dahlgren is part of the Naval Support Activity South Potomac (NSASP).
PROJECT STUDY AREA
Additional information about the JLUS project is available at the project’s website at: www.dahlgrenjlus.com. The website notes various facts about the project study area, including the following.
The Naval Support Facility Dahlgren consists of 4,300 acres located on the Potomac River in King George. It supports eight major Joint Navy and other Department of Defense commands. Those consist of various operational military support missions, including research, development, test, and evaluation of weapon systems.
Active ranges on the facility are used to test and evaluate weapons systems and ordnance. The Potomac River Test Range has instrumentation that allows evaluation of projectile speed, performance, and other parameters. This live-fire range is located southeast of the facility on the Potomac River extending approximately 50 miles southward from Dahlgren to the Chesapeake Bay.
Similarly, a second range, the Explosive Experimental Area or Pumpkin Neck Annex to Naval Support Facility Dahlgren, provides a unique facility for static tests of ordnance and explosives for operational military systems, as well as testing and evaluation for new capabilities. The Explosive Experimental Area is located south of the base on the Potomac River.
MORE FORUMS IN FUTURE
There will be several other public forums held throughout the JLUS process, all conducted by consultant, Matrix Design Group.
The JLUS program is federally funded to promote cooperative land use planning and is administered by the Department of Defense’s and its Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA), DoD/OEA). Rich Tenga from DoD/OEA is helping to lead the JLUS study’s development through its completion.
The plan is for several rounds of public meetings in each of the five jurisdictions, with the final round to be presentations and public hearings on the recommended JLUS at meetings of the governing bodies of each jurisdiction.
The JLUS process is expected to be completed later this calendar year.
Green is the point of contact for communications between the consultant and the JLUS Policy committee members, as well as for a Technical Advisory group, made up largely of the planning directors from each of the five jurisdictions involved in the King George JLUS development.