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Joint Land Use Study Forum: Last Chance For Residents

Sheppard Air Force Base Joint Land Use Study held its final open-forum Thursday night.

"It's a great collaborative partnership to take stock of where we're at, what we maybe can enhance, further communication opportunities, ways to look at land uses around the Air Force Base and move forward," said Karen Montgomery-Gange, Wichita Falls Planning Administrator. 

The JLUS study looks at list of 24 compatibility factors to see how communities surrounding the base fare with its presence. Some of those include: land use, water quality/quantity, safety zones, noise and quality of air. 

Mike Hrapla, Vice President of Matrix Design, in charge of conducting the study said this helps military and civilians.

"From a community perspective, we're trying to make sure we protect life, safety, health, welfare, quality of life and the economic diversity of the community. At the same time trying to balance and support the mission sustainment and the mission capability and capacity of the military," said Hrapla. 

Montgomery-Gange said it's a partnership that depends heavily on community and base working together. 

"So that we can show the U.S. Air Force and Department of Defense that this is very strong community that values Sheppard Air Force Base," said Montgomery-Gange. 

Montgomery-Gange said when the study is over there is still work to do.

"The Joint Land Use Study doesn't end when the plan is completed. It will be an ongoing process to continue and look at, reevaluate how we are improving, how we are further addressing the relationships that we already have, " said Montgomery-Gange.

Residents last day to submit a concern is March 14th. To do so, just visit www.sheppardjlus.com 

Jimmie Johnson, Newschannel 6
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