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    Phase II:Joint Base Regional Wastewater & Growth Management Plan Final Report

2009 JLUS Final Report
(388 pages - 113 MB)
Implementing the JLUS   Doing Business with the

Resource List | PDF

In April of 2009, a Joint Land Use Study (JLUS) was completed for Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, a 42,000 acre facility in central New Jersey.

A unique aspect of the study is that it was conducted during the consolidation of three separate military bases: McGuire Air Force Base, Fort Dix and Lakehurst Naval Warfare Center.

Please note: Unapproved
photography of the Joint Base for any reason is not allowed and you will be arrested. This includes any
photos taken in the vicinity of the Joint Base.


Ocean County sponsored the study in cooperation with neighboring Burlington County. At the end of the study, individual resolutions of support were received from all 13 representatives on the Policy Committee. The organizational structure was retained and renamed the Policy Implementation Committee.

Based on the success of the effort, a second grant was provided to Ocean County by the DOD Office of Economic Adjustment. Three implementation tasks were authorized: A Communication & Coordination Manual, a Transportation Mobility Study, and a Wastewater & Growth Management Study.


Presentation to Joint Base Commander,
May 20, 2013 (PDF - 2MB)
Regional Wastewater and Growth Management Plan:

The Regional Wastewater and Growth Management Plan is a three phase study to address wastewater treatment concerns of four contiguous municipalities on the north side of the Joint Base. The Study includes an analysis of treatment facilities on the Base to determine if a shared service agreement is possible. Implicit in the study is the need to channel future growth away from potential encroachment areas.

Phase II and III of this Plan focuses on the selected alternative and will ultimately include final design and permitting for the recommended action. Completion of the entire study is anticipated by the end of 2013.

Regional Transportation Mobility Study:

The Regional Transportation Mobility Study assesses current and future transportation issues within 5 miles of the Joint Base. It takes into account mission growth as well as projected population growth in the surrounding communities. At-risk intersections and road segments are identified and prioritized for inclusion into a capital improvement program.

The study involved close coordination with the two county engineering departments, as well as State and regional transportation organizations. Because the region is split by two Metropolitan Planning Areas, the study also had to merge the traffic modeling protocols of both regional planning organizations to provide acceptable results. Due to the close coordination maintained throughout the study, the recommended improvements are well suited for future funding.


Regional Transportation Mobility Study (8.5 MB)


Joint Base Regional Transportation Mobility Study:
Project Summary Presentation
10/2011 | PDF - 1.5 MB

Figure 5: Public Transportation
REPI Activities:

Both Ocean and Burlington Counties continue to work with the Department of Defense under the Readiness and Environmental Protection Initiative (REPI). The program funds the acquisition of land and easements to prevent encroachments to military installations. As of August 2011, 27 properties totaling 2,137 acres were acquired or approved under this partnership. State and non-profit organizations have also participated in this effort.

An agreement was reached in July 2011 on the largest and most complicated acquisition to date. The agreement was coordinated by the Trust for Public Land and involves the protection of over 1,800 acres in the Accident Potential Zones (APZ’s) of the C-17 training runway at Lakehurst. There will be an outright purchase of 400 acres by Ocean County which will connect an existing 219 County Park with a 380 acre county natural area. The remaining 1,400 acres will be encumbered by a restrictive easement that prevents residential development in the future. The easement permits the current sand and gravel operation to continue and would allow other non-residential development as permitted by state and local regulations.


  Joint Base JLUS Policy Committee:   New Jersey’s representatives:

Anthony M. Agliata, PP, LLA, Planning Director

Ocean County Department of Planning
129 Hooper Ave.
PO Box 2191
Toms River, NJ 08754-2191
(732) 929-2054
(732) 244-8396 FAX

The Freeholders would like to acknowledge the efforts of former US Congressman James H. Saxton, a tireless advocate of the Joint Base.

The Freeholders would also like to acknowledge the memory of former project manager, John Leigh, for his efforts on behalf of the Joint Base.

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December 27, 2017