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Joint Land Use Study for Alpena CRTC/Camp Grayling complete

Submitted by Phil Heimerl on February 11, 2019 – 12:44 amNo Comment
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PRESS RELEASE FROM THE NORTHEAST MICHIGAN COUNCIL OF GOVERNMENTS:

The Joint Land Use Study (JLUS) for the Camp Grayling Joint Maneuver Training Center (JMTC) and Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center (CRTC) has been accepted as complete by the JLUS Policy Committee.

The JLUS is the culmination of a collaborative process that began in the spring 2017 and was funded by the Office of Economic Adjustment (U.S. Department of Defense) with matching funds from the State of Michigan.

The Northeast Michigan Council of Governments (NEMCOG) administered the grant funds and coordinated the study and groups involved. NEMCOG contracted with Tetra Tech as the consultant to conduct the study.

The final JLUS identifies recommended actions to manage the impacts of military missions on the health, safety, and welfare of those living, working, and recreating near these military installations. Conversely, potential impacts from community activities affecting the Base were also identified with recommended action strategies. The recommended strategies for each facility fall into the categories of noise and military operations, environmental, transportation and infrastructure, community partnerships, and economic development.

The JLUS Policy Committee has been responsible for overseeing and accepting the final plan. The Policy Committee was made up of representatives from local units of government from the study area as well as from each military installation, airport representatives, economic development agencies, and State and Federal agencies.

Ken Glasser (Otsego County Commissioner) and Greg Sundin (Alpena City Manager) led the Policy Committee as Chair and Vice-Chair, respectively.

A Technical Committee also worked with Tetra Tech to develop the strategies. While not every representative agreed with each strategy put forward for their particular sub-area, the Policy Committee recognized that the strategies are suggested courses of action only.

Ken Glasser spoke on the JLUS moving forward: “The Joint Land Use Study has created a significant opportunity to improve communication between the Michigan National Guard and local neighbors of Camp Grayling.  A framework has been formed.  Now we need to continue forward together.

Greg Sundin spoke on the Alpena area: “The CRTC and the greater Alpena communities have developed a strong working relationship over the years. The JLUS, through its analysis and recommendations, builds on the foundation we have established and provides opportunities to enhance that relationship to the benefit of both the base and the communities for years to come.”

The JLUS process now continues as the implementation phase begins. Community Councils in Grayling and in Alpena are forming to move implementation of the plan forward. Funding is also available from the Office of Economic Adjustment to assist communities with implementation strategies. While the Community Councils have not yet chosen the specific strategies they each will work on, NEMCOG hopes to continue to provide assistance to the Councils.

The full report can be accessed online at www.discovernortheastmichigan.org/jlus.asp.

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