Development Authority of the North Country

Fort Drum Joint Land Use Study

Pages from Fort Drum Joint Land Use Study Public Draft Report November 2017 sm.jpg Fort Drum JLUS Report - Public Review & Comment Period  November 6-27, 2017

The Public Draft Fort Drum Joint Land Use Study (JLUS) and Background Report have been released for public review and comment. These documents are a result of the culmination of a year-long collaborative process among the Development Authority of the North Country, Jefferson, Lewis, and St. Lawrence counties, the communities surrounding Fort Drum, Fort Drum staff, and other agencies and organizations in the region.  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 the compatibility issues identified through the process, and the Implementation Plan that includes the recommended strategies identified to address the compatibility issues.

Each document can be downloaded by clicking on the associated links. A comment tracker spreadsheet is also available for download. Please submit all comments either through the project website, or by emailing the comment tracker spreadsheet to Hartley Bonisteel Schweitzer ( ) by Monday, November 27, 2017.

Fort Drum Joint Land Use Study Public Draft Report November 2017 sm.pdf
Fort Drum JLUS Public Draft Background Report November 2017.pdf
Fort Drum JLUS Public Draft comment form November 2017.docx

Public Open Houses #3 Scheduled
A set of public open houses will be held on November 13 and 14, 2017 where attendees can learn more about the JLUS recommendations and the Public Draft, and provide written comments on the draft.  For more information regarding the Open Houses you can view the Press Release HERE .

Goals and Objectives of the Fort Drum JLUS

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.

Public Participation and Comments

Promote participation through public meetings to be held throughout the process at various locations throughout the study area.  Anyone that is interested in posting a public comment relating to the Joint Land Use Study and any of the 25 compatibility factors can do so by clicking HERE .  Comments will go to the project consultant, Matrix Design Group, and will be considered as part of the overall project assessment.

Once complete, the JLUS will provide stakeholders with recommendations and strategies to promote compatible land use planning around Fort Drum, a land use assessment for surrounding potential growth areas, a listing of existing incompatible uses around the fort, and a plan to assist neighboring communities in making informed decisions around compatibility. The study is expected to be completed by the end of 2017.

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 Michelle Capone , Director of Regional Development, at (315) 661-3200.

Technical Working Group

Frank Pace Lewis County Planning Office
Jason Pfotenhauer St. Lawrence County Planning Office
Andy Nevin Jefferson County Planning Office
Jen Voss City of Watertown Planning Office
Jessica Jenack Town of LeRay Planning Office
Peter Lister ReEnergy
Katie Malinowski Tug Hill Commission
Linda Garrett Tug Hill Tomorrow Land Trust
Peggy Murray Cornell Cooperative Extension of Lewis County
Brian Ashley Fort Drum Regional Liaison Organization
Jenny Briot Iberdrola Renewable
Kristopher Johnson Fort Drum NEC
Jim Miller Fort Drum Environmental
Jason Wagner Fort Drum Natural Resources
Mike Nuckols Fort Drum Compliance
Doug Osborne Fort Drum GIS
Dave Kalynycz Fort Drum Spectrum Manager
Ed Quates Fort Drum Archeologist
Derek Kallen Fort Drum Airfield

Steering Committee

Joel Bartlett Town of Watertown
Bruce Ferguson Town of Champion
Paul H. Smith Town of Wilna
Ron Taylor Town of LeRay
John Shaw Town of Antwerp
Cheryl Horton Town of Philadelphia
Scott Allen Town of Pamelia
Gary Eddy Town of Rutland
David Parow Town of Diana
Michael Cappellino Town of Fowler
Harry Turnbull Town of Rossie
Robert Ritchie Town of Gouverneur
Stephen Jennings City of Watertown
Mary Corriveau Fort Drum Regional Liaison Organization
Steve Hunt Empire State Development
Col. Kenneth Harrison Garrison Commander, Fort Drum
Lt. Col. Todd Polk Fort Drum Planning Analysis and Integration
Eric Wagenaar Deputy to the Garrison Commander, Fort Drum
Kurt Hauk Fort Drum Public Works
Julie Halpin Fort Drum Public Affairs Office


Fact Sheet #1 | Overview/Factors

Fact Sheet #2 | Strategy Toolbox

Fort Drum Joint Land Use Study Public Draft Report November 2017 sm.pdf

Fort Drum JLUS Public Draft Background Report November 2017.pdf


Fort Drum Steering Committee Meeting October 12, 2017

Fort Drum Public Open House #2_2017 10 10b BAC.PDF

Wind Energy Projects in Proximity to Fort Drum [PDF MAP]

JLUS Open House #2

JLUS Kick-Off Meeting September 20th, 2016

Public Open Houses #3 Scheduled