Joint Land Use Studies Announcement
Two military bases here on the Coast are working side-by-side with the cities they lie in for joint land use studies.
Keesler Air Force Base announced their partnership with the City of Biloxi and the Seabee Base with the City of Gulfport. The Gulf Regional Planning Commission will evaluate the relationship between the military installations and civilian community. The purpose behind the study is to evaluate growth and development of the areas surrounding both Keesler and the Seabee Base.
NCBC Commanding Officer Captain Cheryl Hansen said, “A joint land use study typically looks at like 25 different factors when it comes to what are the types of potential encroachment or compatibility. We want compatible land use, overall is what we want between the base and the community.”
Keesler 81st Training Wing Commander Col. Michele Edmondson said, “It’s just another great example of the relationship the military enjoys on the Gulf Coast. For Keesler, we couldn’t be happier living in Biloxi’s backyard and we want to make sure we are the best mission partners we can be, and I think the City of Biloxi feels the same way about Keesler and our airmen and that’s evident with all the great support we get from the city.”
The studies are funded by the Department of Defense’s Office of Economic Adjustment and the Mississippi Development Authority. Both joint land use studies are expected to last between 12 to 18 months.