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Partnering for a stronger region

The complexity and fluidity of landownership patterns, diversity of economic and resource interests, and the presence of multiple operational and mission needs, reinforce the value of a coordinated planning process that highlights the common interests of the region.

About JLUS Implementation 

Mountain range
Rocket launch
F-16 silhouette in front of Holloman AFB sunset
Lincoln National Forest
Castner Range
Mesilla Valley

Land Use Planning Tool

A mapping tool for use by communities, local governments, military installations, and developers to provide land-use data in the vicinity of military installations, military airspace, or other areas of military operations.

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Our Partners

Our partners are key to the success of the Joint Land Use Study Implementation. 

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Our History

The Southern New Mexico – El Paso, Texas region is unique among defense communities in the U.S. due to its physical size, distinctive natural, recreational and cultural resources, emerging growth opportunities, such as renewable energy and its importance as a military training and testing environment.

The Southern New Mexico – El Paso, Texas Joint Land Use Study (SNMEP JLUS) is a cooperative process among city, county, and state governments; the public; agencies; and the military installations of Fort Bliss, Holloman Air Force Base and White Sands Missile Range. The study looks at issues such as land use, economic development, infrastructure, environmental sustainability, and the operational demands and mission change of both military and civilian entities within the six counties of Doña Ana, Lincoln, Otero, Sierra, and Socorro in New Mexico and El Paso County in Texas. 

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Training exercise
Jornado Experimental Range
Abrams Tank at Fort Bliss