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Joint Land Use Study: Final Public Forum

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Wichita Falls City Leaders are reaching out one last time to hear the input of Texoma residents on a major study. 

The Joint Land Use Study, or J.L.U.S., is a study that affects Sheppard Air Force Base and its relationship with the surrounding Texoma communities.  For the third and final public forum, city officials are looking for more public input.

"A lot of the times the public might see something that's an issue to them that maybe we didn’t think of.  They may see the importance of an issue differently," said Project Manager for J.L.U.S., Kevin Hugman.  

After two successful public forums, the city already has strategies for what they need to work on. 

"A lot of the concerns in the two first public forums were really, why we're doing this, why it makes a difference and what's important," said Planning Administrator for Wichita Falls, Karen Montgomery Gagne. 
 

J.L.U.S. is a great opportunity for the community to continue to build on the relationship with Sheppard Air Force Base.  Wichita Falls City Leaders aren’t the only ones participating in the J.L.U.S.  study,  Wichita County and Fredrick, Oklahoma are also participating.

"This is really a win-win for both the military and for us as a local community.  We understand how important Sheppard is to our local and regional economy when it essentially represents about 20-percent of our regional economy.  We want it to continue for decades to come," said Gagne. 

"The goal of this study is to look at recommendations and strategies that we can use in the future to promote growth and development within our communities, which protect the life, health and the quality of life of our citizens," said Hugman. 

The final public forums will be Tuesday, February 25th at 6:30p.m. at the Auxiliary Airfield in Fredrick, Oklahoma and Thursday, February 27th at the Ray Clymer Exhibit Hall in Room 10 at 7:00p.m. 

The deadline for your voice to be heard regarding the J.L.U.S. study is March 17th at 5:00p.m. 

Taylor Barnes, Newschannel 6