Fort Riley has been the heart of the Flint Hills Region for over one hundred sixty 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 concern locals. As a result, the region is undertaking an update to the 2005 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 a grantee and lead organization for the JLUS project. FHRC will be working with the JLUS Technical Advisory Committee (TAC), which is a committee focused on the planning and economic development for 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 compromised 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. The Stantec consulting team has been selected to complete the JLUS. November 30 Stantec led meetings with the JLUS TAC and Policy Committee.
For updates on the process visit http://www.fortrileyjlus.com/.