Final BRAC Growth Study Available for Public Review

Final BRAC Growth Study Available for Public Review

The Final Tri-County Growth Management Study document is now available for public review. Located at www.tri-countybrac.com, the document is the last in a series of releases by the Growth Management Plan (GMP) consultant, HDR Engineering, in the over two-year effort.

“Our GMP process has resulted in a thorough analysis of the potential impacts on our communities of the growth we anticipate as a result of BRAC (Base Realignment and Closure) at Eglin, and further identifies six potential growth areas capable of accommodating the new military personnel and their families,” said Commissioner Wayne Harris, chairman of the Eglin Installation Growth Committee.

“While this document is now available for the public to review, the process has not ended. We intend to host a public hearing in June to field any final community concerns,” Harris added.

The JLUS Public Hearing will be held on Monday, June 7, 2010, starting at 6 p.m. at Northwest Florida State College, Building K, Gallery Room, 100 College Boulevard, Niceville.

“This plan is a tool we can use now to begin the implementation work for the recommendations in the study,” said Jeff Fanto, the County’s Growth Project Coordinator. “With the identification of six growth areas in the vast tri-county area, we can tailor our implementation strategy to focus on these areas. This focus will enable us to better use available resources to aid in accommodating the growth we will experience,” Fanto added.

The study is the second of two Federally-funded efforts assisting local communities in planning for the possible mission impacts as a result of the Base and Realignment and Closure (BRAC) 2005 decisions to relocate the U.S. Army’s 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne) from Fort Bragg, North Carolina, and establish the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Initial Joint Training Site on Eglin Air Force Base.

The GMP implementation will assist the Eglin communities while avoiding either inefficient or duplicative efforts when implementing the recommendations contained in the GMP document.

The GMP process was designed to encourage cooperative growth planning between military installations and the surrounding communities so that future community growth and development are compatible with the growth of the installation.

The GMP program encourages communities and the military to study the issues in an open forum, taking into consideration both community and military viewpoints. Recommendations in the study are used to guide local jurisdictions as they plan for long-term growth in their communities.

The full text of the Final Growth Management Plan document can be found at http://webgis.co.okaloosa.fl.us/jlus/index.php/growth-management-planning/growth-management-planning-documents.html.

For more information, contact Jeff Fanto, Growth Project Coordinator, at jfanto@co.okaloosa.fl.us, or by calling 850-609-3014.


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