The 2005 Base Realignment and Closure Commission decisions named Eglin as the recipient of two significant new missions -- the relocation of the U.S. Army’s 7th Special Forces Group from Fort Bragg, North Carolina, and the stand up of the new F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Integrated Training Center. To assist local communities impacted by this growth, the Department of Defense Office of Economic Adjustment stepped in to provide technical and financial assistance with local planning efforts. Okaloosa County is serving as the Executive Agent for the effort on behalf of all the affected jurisdictions in the three-county area.
Two separate, integrated study efforts were undertaken. First the Joint Land Use Study, conducted under the auspices of the JLUS Policy Committee, with assistance from the JLUS Technical Advisory Group was begun in August 2006. The study was conducted by Tetra Tech, Inc. from their Destin office and completed in June 2009. For more information on the JLUS, click here.
Secondly, a Comprehensive Tri-County Growth Management Plan was conducted under the auspices of the Eglin Installation Growth Committee, an 11-subcommittee group of elected officials, community and county staff members and interested citizens. The citizen subcommittees formed the nucleus of subject matter experts available to assist the consultant firm hired to conduct the study, HDR. This effort was formally launched in November 2008 and the final report was received in June 2010. For more information on the EIGC and the Growth Study, click here.
A key recommendation from the JLUS was to conduct Small Area Studies of the areas to the north and east of the Eglin Reservation. The Small Area Studies was funded by the Office of Economic Adjustment and begun in April 2011. The studies were completed in October 2012 by the consultant, Matrix Design Group. The Final Report and other information on the Small Area Studies can be accessed at the link below.
Along with the start-up of the Small Area Studies, the Tri-County Military Sustainability Partnership was formed through interlocal agreements between Okaloosa, Santa Rosa, and Walton Counties, and many of the municipalities within the three counties. The Executive Committee of the Military Sustainability Partnership is comprised of a representative and an alternate designated by each jurisdiction. The work of the Executive Committee is assisted by the Military Growth Advisory Group which is comprised of technical experts, planning and engineering staff personnel from the participating jurisdictions. These groups are intended to be an ongoing partnership after all the studies are completed to continue the support and promotion of the military presence in our Tri-County area. This will be the focus of the area's response in future Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) rounds that may be mandated by Congress.
Click here to see the Final JLUS Report.
Click here to see the Final Tri-County Growth Management Plan.
Click here to see the Final Atlas of Existing Conditions for the Tri-County Growth Management Plan.
Click here to see the Final JLUS Small Area Studies Report.