Study to Consider Possible Land Use Conflicts with Maxwell AFB

first_imgMaxwell Air Force Base is not experiencing any significant encroachment issues from the surrounding region, but with recent growth in downtown Montgomery, Ala., city leaders want to ensure land use conflicts jeopardizing the installation don’t emerge in the coming decades.“We don’t want to have anything negatively impacting the mission of Maxwell and the Air Force, especially with the economic development we’ve been having in the downtown area,” Robert Smith, director of city planning, told the Montgomery Advertiser.To prepare for further growth in the River Region and uncover possible compatibility issues, Montgomery, Prattville and Montgomery County are partnering with Maxwell and to conduct a joint land use study. Matrix Design Group introduced the study to local residents at public meeting last week.The study, partially funded by DOD’s Office of Economic Adjustment, will look at dozens of compatibility issues, including several conflicts that could arise in the future. The possibility that the Air National Guard’s 187th Fighter Wing moves from Montgomery Regional Airport to Maxwell could lead to noise conflicts if the unit starts flying the F-35. The study also will consider the prospect that frequency interference stemming from Montgomery’s aim to become a “gig city” with the state’s first internet exchange affects Air Force activities.Matrix, which has conducted 130 similar studies since 2005, will look at Maxwell and its Gunter Annex separately because of their geography and diverse missions, according to the story.The easiest way to avoid conflicts between the military and its civilian hosts is for both sides to communicate and coordinate their activities, said Mike Hrapla, the study’s project manager. “About 85 percent of compatibility issues can be resolved by sharing information,” Hrapla said. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img

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