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James City County to participate in joint land use study with Ft. Eustis

By Austin Bogues | The Virginia Gazette, Williamsburg (Tribune News Service) | Published: February 4, 2016

James City County will participate in a federal study examining how to best develop land surrounding Joint Base Langley Eustis.

Paul Holt, planning director for James City, told members of the Planning Commission that the project had been nominated and recently approved, and that the county would participate along with Newport News, Hampton, York and other areas.

The land use study will help identify best practices and ways to mitigate construction near sensitive military installations.

Getting funding for a study was a top goal for the county in its comprehensive planning process. Funding will proceed after a plan for the full scope of work is approved by the Office of Economic Adjustment.

The potential for a land use study became an issue when BASF Corp. applied to change its land use designation in the county's comprehensive plan for land it owns along the James River to mixed use, with an eye toward selling it to a potential waterfront developer. The military objected, saying the development could encroach upon territory used by Ft. Eustis.

At the time, Virginia Secretary of Veterans and Defense Affairs John C. Harvey Jr. wrote a letter to the Board of Supervisors saying any rezoning would be ill-advised until after a land use study was conducted.

Holt said there would be an update on the possible timeline for such a study in the next 60 days.

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Students with the Army’s Training and Doctrine Command’s Initial Military Training attend the Utility Helicopter Repairer’s Course run by the 128th Aviation Brigade located at Fort Eustis, Va., on June 20, 2012
Kelly Jo Bridgwater/U.S. Army

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