Posted on December 6, 2016
FLINT HILLS REGIONAL COUNCIL PARTNERS WITH FORT RILEY AND
REGIONAL ORGANIZATIONS TO PREPARE UPDATED JOINT LAND USE
Media Contact: Gary Stith AICP, Director
Phone: (855) 785-3472
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 8, 2016 - Flint Hills Regional Council (FHRC), in cooperation with Fort Riley, local
jurisdictions, state and federal agencies, and other regional organizations, are preparing a Joint
Land Use Study (JLUS) to address the primary military operations conducted within the region.
The JLUS is intended to strengthen the relationship between the military installation and the
civilian community by examining the issues associated with the growth and development of the
communities in proximity of it operations.
Previously, Fort Riley conducted a JLUS in 2005; however, major changes in the mission and
operating environment have occurred since that time. The re-stationing of the 1st Infantry
Division back to the installation has led to a significant increase in personnel, training hours, and
number and type of training missions. Population growth in Junction City and Manhattan as well
as major business development increased the potential for land use conflict. Both Fort Riley and
the Flint Hills Region are positioned for continued future growth. The JLUS will assist in
ensuring that growth is compatible with one another.
The final report will propose recommendations that will provide for these communities to
continue to thrive within the Flint Hills Region while maintaining the mission of Fort Riley.
The community plays a crucial role in the drafting of the study because that input provides
varying perspectives and differing opinions to ensure that the plan is well rounded and
encompassing of the community. In order to effectively gather input, a variety of public
engagement opportunities will be provided throughout the process. Public workshops will begin
in February 2017. Bookmark the following website and Facebook page to keep up to date with
the latest news: www.fortrileyjlus.com or www.facebook.com/fortrileyjlus.