Land-Use Compatibility Near Military Bases: A Planner’s Perspective

Zoning Practice — May 2011

By Ross Appel, Tyson Smith, AICP


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Land-use compatibility between military bases and civilian land uses is becoming an increasingly urgent problem for local government planners and military officials. Over the last several decades, urban sprawl has increased while many bases' operations have expanded.

As a result, planners in jurisdictions with bases are increasingly called on to navigate an area of land-use planning that, for some, is foreign. The challenge for the local planner is to understand the relationship between the local government and the local base and also to understand the nature of these specialized land-use conflicts.

This issue of Zoning Practice discusses how comprehensive planning and development regulations can be used to encourage compatibility between military bases and their neighboring communities.


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May 1, 2011
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About the Authors

Ross Appel

Tyson Smith, AICP
<p>Tyson Smith, Esq., AICP, has over 29&nbsp;years of experience as a city and county planner, planning consultant, and attorney, focused entirely on land use and community planning. Tyson is a certified mediator and expert at public facilitation and mutual problem solving. His experience is extensive, starting as a county planner in the Florida Keys, and continuing today as a national consultant. Tyson&rsquo;s practice includes Compatible Use Studies and CUS Implementation tools, impact fee programs, growth management, mobility fees, zoning code development, development agreements, and concurrency/APFO planning.</p>