This report is the result of a two-year collaborative stakeholder process between Fort Drum and surrounding communities in Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence counties. The report considers 25 potential encroachment issues that could affect the current and future missions at Fort Drum. The documents provide an overview of the JLUS process, the study area and communities involved in the JLUS, Fort Drum missions and operations, a list of compatibility issues identified through the process, and the Implementation Plan, which includes the recommended strategies identified to address compatibility issues.
The final JLUS is an informational study that contains recommendations. It is not a regulatory document; it is a resource document for land use planning. Implementation of any or all of the recommendations is up to each municipality. The focus of the study is land use that may negatively impact the mission of Fort Drum.
The Development Authority is the Project Sponsor, and the U.S. Department of Defense Office of Economic Adjustment is funding the study. If you have any questions regarding these documents, please feel free to contact
Hartley Bonisteel Schweitzer
, Community Planner, or
, Director of Regional Development, at (315) 661-3200.
A Joint Land Use Study (JLUS) is a cooperative planning effort conducted as a joint venture between a military installation, surrounding jurisdictions and other stakeholders that looks at the balance between military needs and community needs in the area surrounding the installation. The goal of the Fort Drum JLUS is to reduce potential conflicts between Fort Drum and the surrounding communities while accommodating new growth and economic development, sustaining economic vitality, protecting public health and safety, and protecting the operational missions of Fort Drum. JLUS programs traditionally have three core objectives:
Increase communication between the military, local jurisdictions, and other stakeholders to promote an understanding of the strong economic and physical relationship between Fort Drum and its neighbors.
Promote collaborative planning between the military, local jurisdictions, and other stakeholders in order to ensure a consistent approach in addressing compatibility issues.
Develop and implement strategies for reducing the impacts of existing and future incompatible activities on the community and military operations.