(Marietta, GA – March 27, 2017) The United States Department of Defense awarded $81,000 for Joint Land Use Study implementation.
In 2015, the Dobbins Air Reserve Base (DARB) Joint Land Use Study (JLUS) began as a cooperative planning effort conducted as a joint venture to foster ongoing communications between local government and DARB.The United States Department of Defense (DOD) - Office of Economic Advancement (OEA) awarded a $90,000 grant Cobb County and its JLUS partners to begin implementation of key action items from the JLUS. The grant requires a ten percent local match, in which Cobb County contributes $9,000.00 and OEA contributes $81,000.000. Matrix Design Group, a planning consulting firm specializing in military/civilian land use compatibility, has been awarded the contract to perform the work associated with the latest grant from OEA.
This project will develop three action items from the original DARB JLUS:
1. Development of a 3-dimensional interface for an imagery model of the area’s terrain, used to plan clear zones and potential accident zones
2. A study light pollution effecting nighttime vision training while maintaining a public standard for outdoor lighting for public safety
3. Development of a community outreach program to educate and enlighten current and potential area residences regarding the standard of living around Dobbins ARB
The JLUS’s goal is to reduce potential conflicts between a military installation and surrounding areas while accommodating new growth and economic development, sustaining economic vitality, and protecting the general public's health and safety, without compromising the operational missions of the installation. Previous JLUS’s in other areas of the country have proven to be effective through the successful implementation of actions, collaboration and civilian participation and understanding.