Joint Land Use Study Program

Business locations could become more regulated if the federal government has its way.

Wiregrass leaders are considering performing a joint land use study program to set up a barrier around the base and stage fields of Fort Rucker to prevent business and residential growth so close to the establishment.

The J-Lus program comes from the federal Department of Defense.

Houston County, Dothan, Ozark, Daleville, Andalusia, Enterprise and Alabama Power Company are set to participate.

Covington, Dale, Opp, Coffee Counties and Pike County have not yet committed to be a part.

The study typically costs 60 to 500 thousand dollars, depending on its complexity.

Ninety percent will be paid by the federal government, the remaining ten by the communities.

Community leaders will meet again in about a month to determine who is participating.