| Joining Forces: Aligning Community & Military Missions
Joining Forces seeks to promote compatible growth and to insulate regional military installations from encroachments that could threaten the installations’ ability to conduct their missions. The results of the study will include recommended actions for the communities to adopt such as zoning overlays, obstruction ordinances, comprehensive plan language and communication strategies. The communities surrounding the Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base, Fort Worth (NAS JRB, Fort Worth) in western Tarrant County participated in a Joint Land Use Study 10 years ago. (See more information about the 2008 JLUS below.) The most recent study, known as Joining Forces: Aligning Community & Military Missions will update this JLUS and include three additional installations (Fort Wolters, Dallas Army Aviation Support Facility, Camp Maxey), two ancillary training areas and flight areas that support operations at NAS JRB, Fort Worth.
The 2018 JLUS made over 150 recommendations to improve compatible development and quality of life for communities, enhance local planning initiatives, and support the military mission. The full report and technical appendices are now available.
For more information on the Joining Forces Study, visit: www.joiningforcesntx.org
2012 | Planning Livable Military Communities
Through a partnership with the North Central Texas Council of Governments, the cities of Benbrook, Fort Worth, Lake Worth, River Oaks, Sansom Park, Westworth Village, and White Settlement and in conjunction with Tarrant County, a need was identified to conduct planning studies for the area surrounding the Naval Air Station Fort Worth, Joint Reserve Base (NAS Fort Worth, JRB). This need stemmed from a previous Department of Defense funded Joint Land Use Study that identified 17 actions for the local governments to support compatible development from base initiatives and from community identified goals to evaluate transportation options, support economic development initiatives, evaluate housing and retail markets in the area, and complete local government comprehensive plan updates. This project, referred to as Planning for Livable Military Communities
(PLMC), is funded with a US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Community Challenge Grant.
The focus area for this project represented a range with an approximate 2.5 mile buffer from the base. This area encompasses the majority of the partner communities and is consistent with efforts to encourage housing and transportation choices closer to the base.
Regional Vision Report:
offers collaborative strategies for addressing challenges and taking advantage of opportunities that cross city boundaries.
PLMC Regional Vision Report
Local Government Comprehensive Plan Visions:
outline specific goals, policies, and actions intended to be guidelines for future comprehensive plan updates.
Lake Worth Comprehensive Vision Plan
River Oaks Comprehensive Vision Plan
Sansom Park Comprehensive Vision Plan
Westworth Village Comprehensive Vision Plan
White Settlement Comprehensive Vision Plan
2008 | Defending the Sound of Freedom
A foundational collaborative effort was the 2008 Joint Land Use Study, entitled Defending the Sound of Freedom, involving the cities of Benbrook, Fort Worth, Lake Worth, River Oaks, Westworth Village, and White Settlement, as well as Tarrant County. This JLUS recommended a series of strategies to reduce the risk of encroachment around NAS JRB Fort Worth with an emphasis on the following immediate implementation steps:
NAS JRB Fort Worth JLUS Brochure
Additional NAS JRB Fort Worth JLUS Brochure
NAS JRB Fort Worth Military Training Routes and Military Operating Areas Brochure
- Establish an oversight committee to monitor changes and to work closely with the base on land use and encroachment issues;
- Revise and continue to enforce current regulatory requirements such as zoning and building codes to minimize encroachment and nose issues;
- Institute noise level reduction measures and a sound attenuation program for those incompatible structures located in the 65 decibel (dB) DNL (denotes average day/night noise levels) noise contour or higher;
- Establish a real estate advisory service for the noise-affected area; and
- Initiate land protection and/or voluntary acquisition in the Clear Zones and Accident Potential Zones.