The findings of the recently completed 2014 Joint Land Use Study (JLUS) for Camp Crowder and its final recommendations for potential implementation will be presented Monday when the Harry S. Truman Coordinating Council hosts a work session of the elected officials of Newton and McDonald Counties and the cities of Neosho and Goodman, along with officials from Camp Crowder.
Jason Ray, program manager, HSTCC, said public input will be received during the 5 p.m. session in the Lampo Community Center, 500 E. Spring Street, Neosho.
Ray said such studies are being conducted under the guidance of the Department of Defense around military bases and camps across the country to identify the current land uses around the installations; any potential growth that might happen in the area, and any existing non-compatible uses or operations.
“For example,” he said, “the [Hugh Robinson Memorial] airport was one thing that they looked at in the study. You know when planes take off, if they are using the firing range at the camp, they have to shut down firing while an airplane flies over just in case there were an accident of some kind and that can screw up their training operations,” he said. “They have to start over from the very beginning. So that’s just one example of what they are looking at.”
Ray said the JLUS is basically to see what’s going on in the area, make sure that everything is getting along around the installation.
“That nothing is a threat to the operations; and then if there is something that is threatening or encroaching or potentially encroaching, the consultants made some recommendations on what can be implemented to help mitigate any conflict between the military operations and the civilian operations going on in the area,” he said.
Ray said landowners and businesses surrounding Camp Crowder also participated in developing the JLUS, as well as other stakeholders such as the Department of Conservation and Empire District Electric.
A copy of the JLUS is available at www.crowder-jlus.org.