Joint Land Use Study

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A Joint Land Use Study (JLUS) is a cooperative land use planning effort conducted between an affected local government or nearby community and an active military installation to examine both the way that the installation operates and the way that nearby communities are growing.

Accomack County and the Wallops Flight Facility (WFF) (Comprised mainly of the US Navy’s Surface Combat Systems Center (SCSC) Wallops Island and NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center’s Wallops Island) conducted this study to ensure the installation's mission operations and training capabilities can continue without compromise and without degrading the public health, safety, welfare and to sustain the economic development of surrounding communities.

NASA_Wallops Island

The overall goals of the JLUS are to identify land use issues that may impact the operational capabilities of the Wallops Island installation and to identify actions participating agencies can pursue to ensure that incompatible development does not impact the future mission requirements of the installation.  Through the JLUS process an action plan to guide future planning efforts will be established that will benefit all parties involved. This JLUS process was conducted with the support of the Accomack County Board of Supervisors, SCSC Wallops Island Command, and was funded by a grant provided through the Department of Defense, Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA).

 E-2C in-flight 22  antares launch 2013

The primary objective of a JLUS is to reduce potential conflicts between a military installation and surrounding areas through the identification and promotion of compatible land use development patterns that allow local communities and land owners the ability to accommodate new growth and economic development, sustain economic vitality, and protect the general public's health and safety, all without compromising the operational missions of the installation. The Accomack County JLUS will achieve this through:

AWARENESS: By increasing communication between the US Navy, NASA, the local jurisdictions and area stakeholders to promote a better understanding of the installations mission and training requirements, on-going environmental stewardship programs, and to highlight the economic and physical relationship between the installation and its neighbors. 

COOPERATION: Determine approaches to safeguard the mission of the installation from future incompatible development, through collaborative, community and military planning exercises designed to identify and anticipate potential growth conflicts.

ACTIONS: Develop and implement strategies to reduce the impacts of existing incompatible development on the community and military operations and employing tools and measures to support future compatible growth beneficial to the surrounding communities and the military installation.


Please click here for the entire Joint Land Use Study. Below you will find links to numerous JLUS documents and maps:

To view your property in AccoMap, click here. For questions regarding the JLUS, please call (757) 787-5726 or (757) 824-5324.

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