JONT BASE SAN ANTONIO, Texas —
Historically, military installations have been located in rural areas.
Over time, however, these installations have become magnets for business and residential development because of the economic and employment opportunities that these installations offer.
When development pressures come in conflict with the operational requirements of nearby military airfields, the result is incompatible development, or encroachment. This has the potential to expose nearby communities to increased noise levels and safety risks.
As community concerns over military operations increase, the effected parties will soon seek relief, through the imposition of reduced takeoff weights, quiet hours, flight track changes, reduction in operations and even loss of flying mission.
Though collaborative efforts with the community, installations leadership can ensure that incompatible development does not degrade the defense flying mission.
In 1973, the Department of Defense created a tool to aid communities and military airfields to promote development compatible with air operations.
This tool is known as the Air Installations Compatible Use Zones Program, or AICUZ.
The goal of the AICUZ Program is to protect the health, safety, and welfare of those living and working on or near military installations while ensuring the continued flight operations.
This is achieved by:
Educating the public and local governments on the AICUZ program.
Encouraging the community to develop land uses compatible with aircraft operations;
Seeking ways to minimize the impacts of aircraft noise and accident potential while not impacting operational needs; and
Ensuring that potential home buyers are aware of the impacts of living near a military airport.
JBSA will host two separate open houses to discuss AICUZ with the public and local leaders.
The Randolph Open House will take place from 5-8 p.m. Oct. 25 at the Olympia Hills Golf Course in Universal City, Texas. For more information, call 210-945-4653, ext. 221.
The Seguin Open House will take place from 5-8 p.m. Nov. 1 at the Seguin Coliseum in Seguin, Texas. For more information, call 830-401-2302.