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JLUS Region

JLUS Region

The Southern New Mexico – El Paso 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, Joint Land Use Study (SNMEP JLUS) was 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 looked at issues such as land use, economic development, infrastructure, environmental sustainability, and the operational demands and mission changes 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. The intent of the study was to highlight common interests such as economic growth, more efficient infrastructure, healthier environments, improved quality of life, and the protection of Department of Defense and civilian investments and missions.

Participation and feedback from the region’s residents was critical to the success of the SNMEP JLUS. The JLUS Final Report drew from the input of the public, study partners, and other participating interests to develop recommendations that protect the public health and safety of both the civilian and military communities, preserve and enhance the military missions of the three installations, promote compatible growth and land uses, and improve regional cooperation. The recommendations are meant to guide future decisions and policy actions by public agencies, military installations, and other partners.

An important ingredient of a successful JLUS is building community consensus. If the JLUS is to have positive results, the participating jurisdictions and military installations must agree to make a good faith pledge to implement recommended development controls to achieve compatibility.