As communities develop and expand in response to growth and market demands, land use decisions can push urban development closer to military installations and operational areas, creating negative impacts on community safety, economic development, and the sustainment of military activities and readiness.  As a result of these concerns, Matrix Design Group was selected by the City of Kingsville, TX to develop a Joint Land Use Study (JLUS) for the operational area surrounding NAS Kingsville.

Although primarily surrounded by agriculture and protected by ordinance, there are several aspects of this study that posed unique challenges. These included:

  • Potential mission expansions. At the time of the study, NAS Kingsville was considered to be a prime site for the relocation of assets from NAS Oceana in Virginia Beach due to its large volume of unencumbered airspace, the availability of landing fields, and excellent weather. The JLUS considered the possible addition of approximately 40 jets and 1,300 people, with a positive economic impact to the area of about $1-1.2 billion over a 10-year period.
  • Growth pressures. Multiple commercial and industrial openings and expansions have created overwhelming job growth in Kleberg.
  • Lack of new residential development. One of the factors contributing to the declining population growth is the lack of new residential development within the City of Kingsville and Kleberg County. In order to spur new development, the City approved a Residential Development Incentive Agreement, resulting in the development of three new subdivisions.

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