Posted on May 9, 2016
Gary Stith AICP, Director
Phone: (855) 785-3472
May 9, 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Fort Riley has been the heart of the Flint Hills Region for over 160 years. Bringing the 1st Infantry Division back to Fort Riley resulted in significant increases to the installation’s human and capital assets required training hours, as well as the total number and type of training missions. With an increase in population growth, conflict between Fort Riley and surrounding communities may develop.
The vibrations and the sound of amplified weapons and aircraft noise often concern locals. As a result, the region is undertaking an update to the 2005 Joint Land Use Study (JLUS) beginning in July 2016 through June 2017. The project is being funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Defense Office of Economic Adjustment.
The Flint Hills Regional Council (FHRC) has been selected by the local communities to serve as the grantee and lead organization for the JLUS project. FHRC will be working with the JLUS Technical Advisory Committee (TAC), which is a committee consisting of local planning and economic development staff from Geary County, Junction City, Riley County, Manhattan, Ogden, Clay County, and Clay Center. The role of TAC is to facilitate communication and coordination among the local planning jurisdictions and administrators.
Overall the process will be guided by the Joint Land Use Study Policy Committee, which will be comprised of elected officials or representatives for the cities of Manhattan, Junction City, Ogden, Wakefield, and Riley, as well as Riley County, Geary County, Clay County, Fort Riley Garrison Command, and the Kansas Governor’s Military Council. Currently, the jurisdictions are working to select members for the Policy Committee. A Request For Proposals is expected to be issued in July 2016 in order to commission a consultant team to conduct the work.
Gary Stith, Director of the FHRC said, “The JLUS process will be important to help our communities protect Fort Riley while allowing for the region to grow.”