To implement one of the key recommendations of the Eglin Air Force Base (AFB) Joint Land Use Study (JLUS), Matrix Design Group was selected by the Florida counties of Okaloosa, Santa Rosa, and Walton to prepare the Tri-County Small Area Studies (SAS).  The studies encompass areas outside of the Eglin AFB boundary that experience military overflight and/or operational impacts. The goal of the SAS is to ensure that compatible land uses and balanced growth occur within these areas.  The planning process addressed compatibility issues through the assessment of historic, current, and future growth patterns; existing land use regulations, policies, and permitting; economic factors associated with growth; and military operations within the study areas. 

In addition to an extensive public involvement program, Matrix provided data collection, mapping and analysis, updated land use compatibility recommendations, mission conflict and database analysis, future land use planning analysis, and recommended changes to improve policy guidelines.  The study resulted in the identification of land uses and specific tools prepared for each affected jurisdiction that are supported by property owners, local jurisdictions, agencies, and the military.

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