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The Southern New Mexico-El Paso (SNMEP) Joint Land Use Study (JLUS) completed on February 28, 2015 encompasses six counties, two states, and the three military installations;

Fort Bliss (FTB), White Sands Missile Range (WSMR), and Holloman Air Force Base (HAFB). Doña Ana, Sierra, Lincoln, Otero, and Socorro Counties, the Cities of Las Cruces and Alamogordo in New Mexico, and the City and County of El Paso in Texas surround the installations and encompasses approximately 27,000 square miles.  It is among the largest JLUS areas studied to date. Within its geographic span, the region’s natural, cultural, recreational, renewable energy resources, weather, terrain, growth opportunities, and diversity of military training and testing missions create one of the most distinctive and valuable defense communities in the United States.

JLUS Implementation is strictly advisory, simply offering strategies and tools available to each study partner entity. All partners, including the military installations, cities, counties, and state and federal agencies have the discretion to adopt recommended strategies that are appropriate for each separate entity. The JLUS emphasizes coordination and communication as a way to strengthen the relationship among the study area partners and to build a framework for successful implementation and monitoring of progress toward shared goals. No ordinance or statute or mandate will be imposed upon anyone.

As a result of those goals, workgroups were identified as part of the Implementation Committee to work through the strategies identified during the Joint Land Use Study:

  • Airspace Workgroup which seeks to build institutional capacity to manage airspace jointly and establish a notification process for vertical structures
  • Communications/Noise Workgroup - increase information and communication about regional noise impacts, and conduct additional and regular community/agency outreach, establish clear points of contact, improve notifications methods and promote inter-agency consultation on land use
  • Energy/Resources Workgroup – improve collaboration on energy development planning, map regional energy development opportunities and promote an integrated regional water planning process
  • Plans/Ordinances Workgroup – seeks to integrate compatibility into local government plans, encourage partner participation in local government plans, promote compatibility of state trust lands, support conservation partnerships and increase land use authority in El Paso County