Executive Summary

About the Joint Land Use Study

A Joint Land Use Study (JLUS) is a collaborative land use planning effort between military installations, affected land use planning authorities and regional governments. The JLUS Program is administered by the Department of Defense (DoD) Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA). This JLUS was funded by OEA, the Mid-Region Council of Governments of New Mexico (MRCOG) and the County of Bernalillo.

The JLUS program encourages "cooperative land use planning between military installations and the surrounding communities so that future community growth and development are compatible with the training and operational missions of the installations, and to seek ways to reduce the operational impacts on adjacent land."

A JLUS is a best-faith effort by the community and military installation to compile, analyze and use data, stated requirements and desires for community development to achieve the common goal of planning a compatible future.

Vacant Land Parcels Map
  1. Why It Was Needed
  2. Program Goals
  3. Challenges
  4. Direction
  5. Public Participation

During the past several decades, the Albuquerque region has experienced robust growth that is anticipated to continue. As a consequence, the once isolated Kirtland Air Force Base (AFB) and Albuquerque International Sunport (Sunport) are now adjacent to vibrant community businesses and residences and/or potentially valuable development lands. Given the many land use jurisdictions impacted by activities at Kirtland AFB and the Sunport, the JLUS process allows a comprehensive and collective approach to future regional planning while coordinating individual land use concerns and desires of individual jurisdictions.

The sustainability and long-term viability of Kirtland AFB, the Sunport and the Albuquerque metro area are largely dependent upon each other.In effect, the installation, Sunport and Albuquerque metropolitan area constitute a "virtual ecosystem" that serves the economic and community needs of a large region. One constant of military installations, aviation activities and communities is change, and the JLUS can be used to manage these changes.

Kirtland Air Force Base Map