In 2008, Joint Base Charleston (“JBC”) completed a Joint Land Use Study (“JLUS”) for the Charleston and Orangeburg County-based military air installations to “Protect the health, safety, and general welfare of the BCD Region; manage land development within the general vicinity surrounding the area’s military installations; promote economically, environmentally, and socially sustainable development surrounding the area’s military installations; promote the economic advancement of the BCD Region and encourage sound land use regulations to prevent incompatible land development surrounding the area’s military installations.” The JLUS identified several recommendations for implementation among communities impacted by military operations at JBC and North Auxiliary Airfield (“NAAF” or “North Airfield”). Since that time, the Berkeley-Charleston-Dorchester Council of Governments (“BCDCOG”) has worked with the JBC military officials toward implementing the JLUS recommendations at the community level. The Department of Defense’s Office of Economic Adjustment provided the BCDCOG grant funding to work with community officials toward implementation.
Over the summer and fall of 2021, the BCDCOG contacted and held meetings with JBC officials and the nine different jurisdictions (four counties and five towns) that were identified in the 2019 AICUZ Study as experiencing some sort of impact as result of NAAF activities and/or as being subject to Federal, State or local land use and safety regulations as a means to reduce conflict between the NAAF Site and the general public.
PROJECT NEXT STEPS:
Next, the BCDCOG, JBC officials and Orangeburg County will be holding a live, virtual webinar via Zoom on December 7th, 2021 regarding the NAAF JLUS, the 2019 AICUZ Study, and what they mean for the surrounding communities. The webinar is open to all stakeholders and members of the public to first listen to an informative overview, then to provide comments or ask questions of JBC or Orangeburg County officials.
JOIN THE CONVERSATION:
To review the virtual meeting from December 7, 2021 click here. These online materials will be accessible for two weeks, so please be sure to view the recording and submit your questions or comments no later than December 23, 2021