What Is Compatibility?
Compatibility, in relationship to military readiness, can be defined as a balance and/or compromise between community and military needs and interests. The goal of compatibility planning is to promote an environment where both entities can coexist successfully. Existing conditions data obtained from the Policy Committee, Technical Committee, public workshops and other sources will be analyzed to identify current and potential future compatibility issues. This analysis will also evaluate land use plans, policies and regulations and projected development trends within the study area. All compatibility factors will be assessed initially, however its likely that some may not be relevant to the Stones Ranch and/or Camp Niantic study areas. Regardless, all potentially relevant compatibility factors are identified in the table provided below:
What Are the Compatibility Factors?
The Stones Ranch JLUS is unique in that it actually involves two separate and distinct military facilities. In addition to Stones Ranch, the JLUS will also analyze compatibility at Camp Niantic. As a result, some compatibility factors may apply to both facilities, others might apply to only one or the other facility, and still others might not be relevant to either.
Part of the JLUS process is to identify the applicable factors early in the program. Some are obvious (like noise impacts at Stones Ranch), while others might only be revealed after the review and assessment of technical information, such as frequency spectrum data.
What Are JLUS Recommendations?
JLUS recommendations may involve revisions to the communities' comprehensive plans and traditional land use and development controls, such as zoning, subdivision regulations, building codes, and so forth. Additional actions may include land exchanges, transfers of development rights, and including certain disclosures in property transaction documents, notes on subdivision “plats” and other such instruments. In addition, a JLUS can often lead to the creation of more formal communication and coordination procedures between communities and the military facility. Sometimes compatibility actions can have collateral benefits. For instance, “buffer” acquisition can benefit both the military as well as protect valuable habitat.
Have Past JLUS's Been Successful?
Previous JLUS's have succeeded in resolving compatibility issues, increasing coordination and collaboration and in general, helping people understand and appreciate both community and military needs. A JLUS can directly benefit both the host communities and the installation by:
- Protecting the health, safety, and welfare of residents living or working near military installations.
- Promoting long-term land use compatibility between the installation and the surrounding community.
- Supporting comprehensive community planning that extends beyond Town boundaries.
- Encouraging a cooperative spirit between the local base command and local community officials.
- Integrating the local jurisdictions' comprehensive plans with the installation's plans.