What is a Joint Land Use Study (JLUS)?

A JLUS (Joint Land Use Study) is a planning tool developed through the collaborative efforts of a comprehensive set of stakeholders in a defined study area in order to identify compatible / recommended land use guidelines within, and adjacent to, active military installations. These stakeholders include local jurisdictions, state, and federal officials, agencies and organizations, property owners, business organizations, local tribal governments, non‐governmental organizations, and the military. The public also played a vital role in the development and review of the JLUS.

The intent of the JLUS is to establish and encourage a working relationship among military installations and stakeholders in the area to work as a team to prevent and / or reduce encroachment issues associated with current and future military missions and neighboring community growth. To do this, a JLUS process culminates in an agreed upon set of recommended strategies that can be implemented by identified stakeholders to promote compatible / recommended land uses and relationships between the military and neighboring communities for the present and future.

This JLUS effort is funded through a grant from the Department of Defense (DOD), Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA). As the administrator of the grant, the City of Abilene supplied a 10 percent match, through the Development Corporation of Abilene, to the OEA funding and provided staff to assist in the administration of the JLUS. While OEA provided the grant funding, the content of the JLUS is produced by and for the local stakeholders. The project management entity for the Dyess AFB JLUS is the City of Abilene.

Why prepare a JLUS?

Collaboration and joint planning among military installations, local communities, agencies, and other stakeholders should occur to protect the long‐term viability of existing and future military missions. Working together also enhances the health of economies and industries of the communities before incompatible / not recommended uses become an issue. 

Recognizing the close relationship that should exist between installations and adjacent communities, the OEA implemented the JLUS program in an effort to mitigate existing and future conflicts and enhance communication and coordination among all affected stakeholders. This program aims to preserve the economic viability and quality of life within the JLUS study area while protecting current and future operations and missions at DOD installations.

Regional Economic and Local Importance

Dyess AFB is located in Taylor County in west‐central Texas, approximately seven miles southwest of downtown Abilene and just south of the City of Tye. The unincorporated communities of Caps and View are just south and southwest of the base. Dyess AFB is an important economic engine in the region, contributing more than $400 million in economic benefit to local communities in fiscal year (FY) 2014. 

Dyess AFB supported 10,255 people in FY 2014, including 5,637 military personnel, 661 civilians, and 5,344 military dependents. Additionally, 3,605 military retirees reside within 50 miles of Dyess AFB. Figure 1 illustrates the total economic impact separated into typical categories. JLUS Report Page 2 Dyess AFB updates its Economic Impact Statement on a regular basis. The most recent Economic Impact Statement at the time this JLUS was written can be found online by clicking here.

JLUS Document

To download and access the Dyess AFB Joint Land Use Study, please click here.

Executive Summary Document

To download and access the final Executive Summary document, please click here.