WSMR joint land use meeting Tuesday

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White Sands Missile Range

Public meetings are under way in conjunction with the ongoing joint land use study for Fort Bliss, Holloman Air Force Base, White Sands Missile Range and surrounding communities.

A JLUS public meeting for Socorro County is scheduled for 6 to 8 p.m. June 11 at the San Antonio Elementary School, Fourth and Mierra, San Antonio.

The purpose of these meetings is to provide background to the public about the JLUS, share findings to date and gather input from residents on local issues, opportunities and priorities.

Meetings were conducted in Ruidoso and El Paso earlier this week.
The remainders of the scheduled meetings are:

• Otero County: Wednesday, June 12, from 6 to 8 p.m.
Sgt. Willie Estrada Memorial Civic Center, 800 E. First St., Alamogordo
• Sierra County: Thursday, June 13, from 6 to 8 p.m.
Sierra County Events Center, 2953 S. Broadway, Truth or Consequences

The southern New Mexico/El Paso, Texas, region is unique among defense communities because of its size; natural, cultural and recreational resources; growth opportunities; and the value of its military training and testing environment.

The JLUS seeks to create a long-term planning partnership to protect the quality of life in local communities while enhancing the military missions associated with the three bases.
The study will emphasize ways to promote coordination and land use compatibility; understand the economic impact of the installations; and preserve critical civilian and Department of Defense capabilities.

The JLUS will examine various compatibility factors, including aviation and range noise, airspace, safety, renewable energy and frequency spectrum management. The study began in December 2012 and is now gathering information on existing conditions.

The study area comprises Doña Ana, Lincoln, Otero, Sierra and Socorro counties in New Mexico and El Paso County, Texas, as well as communities throughout the six counties.
Future meetings will be held to present JLUS findings and recommendations, and to solicit further comments.

Each meeting will include information regarding the JLUS planning process; review of the military, community, and agency missions and strategic goals; exploration of major existing conditions findings; and highlights regarding ongoing opportunities for the public to participate.
Public input will help to identify additional issues, concerns or opportunities, as well as assist in setting priorities for the study.

Light refreshments will be served. Bilingual staff will be available for Spanish speakers.
For more information, visit http://snmepjointlanduse.com.