Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Little Rock Air Force Base Compatible Use Study?
The Little Rock AFB Compatible Use Study (CUS) is a cooperative planning effort conducted as a joint venture between Little Rock AFB, Pulaski County, White County, Lonoke County, Cabot, Jacksonville, Sherwood and other jurisdictions and stakeholders in proximity to the base. The study is administered by the Jacksonville Economic Development and Cultural Alliance and co-funded through a grant from the Department of Defense (DOD), Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA).
The Little Rock Air Force Base Compatible Use Study is aimed to benefit both the Air Force and the surrounding region by:
- Preserving long-term land use compatibility between the installation and the surrounding communities;
- Sustaining the operational mission of the Air Force in nearby communities while protecting the quality of life of nearby residents and businesses;
- Enhancing communication and coordination among local and regional stakeholders; and
- Integrating the growth plans of the communities in the region with Air Force plans and mission operations.
What is the purpose of the Compatible Use Study?
The purpose of the Compatible Use Study is to identify means of promoting responsible land use near Little Rock AFB, to accommodate compatible growth and economic development in the region, to protect public safety and quality of life, and to sustain the mission of the Air Force in the region for the long-term. The Compatible Use Study will evaluate ways to enhance communication and coordination among local and regional stakeholders with the goal being to protect land use compatibility as both the community and the Air Force plan for the future. The Compatible Use Study will not result in changes to land use, zoning, or how a property owner may use their property, though it may identify regulatory changes for the community to consider.
What does the CUS address?
The Compatible Use Study will provide:
- An assessment of existing land use conditions near Little Rock AFB, Camp Robinson, and the Blackjack Drop Zone;
- An assessment of potential future civilian and military land use conditions, to include projected incompatible uses; and
- Strategies to promote compatible land use planning around Little Rock AFB and the surrounding communities.
Compatible land use planning can be defined as the balance between the needs and interests of the community and the needs and interests of the Air Force installation. In order to assess compatibility, the project team will identify current or potential encroachment issues, which include noise, endangered species/critical habitat, safety/security, air or water quality, regional airspace management, energy development, and frequency spectrum interference, among other issues.
How long will the project take?
The Little Rock Air Force Base Compatible Use Study is expected to be completed in early 2021. Implementation of any actions recommended in the Compatible Use Study, should the community wish to take that step, would follow completion of the study and would follow community-wide consideration and input and action by local decision-makers.
Who will guide the development of the Compatible Use Study?
While the Jacksonville Economic Development and Cultural Alliance will act as the fiscal agent and project manager for the Compatible Use Study, the development of the Compatible Use Study will be guided by two steering committees with input from the general public. The Policy Committee is composed of elected and public administrative officials representing jurisdictions in the study area and Air Force leadership. The Policy Committee is responsible for guiding the direction of the Compatible Use Study and for managing implementation actions. The Technical Advisory Committee is comprised of staff members from local governmental agencies, the Air Force, and other entities, and will identify and address local land use matters, provide feedback on documents prepared by the consultants, and assist the Policy Committee in the development and evaluation of implementation strategies and tools.
The project is overseen by the Compatible Use Study consulting team of White & Smith Planning and Law Group, Marstel-Day, LLC, and Benchmark Planning. This team has completed numerous Compatible Use Study projects around the country.
What are the opportunities for public input?
There will be multiple opportunities for public input throughout the development of the Compatible Use Study. The project team will hold a number of public meetings to provide Compatible Use Study project updates and to seek input into the process and deliverables. More information on public meetings can be found on the Process tab above.
Also, the general public will be able to provide input through a public survey, the results of which will provide the Compatible Use Study steering committees and project team insights into community attitudes regarding regional Air Force activities.
Finally, the public will be able to provide input on the project through the Little Rock Compatible Use Study Facebook page, or by emailing us at the contact information provided below:
Jacksonville Economic Development and Cultural Alliance