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Stafford reviewing land use around Quantico

Land use in and around Marine Corps Base Quantico will be the subject of another round of public meetings next month.

Residents of Stafford, Prince William and Fauquier counties will get updates on the localities’ ongoing joint land-use study with the base, and a chance to comment on the work to date, according to a news release.

Stafford is the lead jurisdiction in the study, which will document existing and future operations at Quantico, as well as current and planned land use and development-related proposals in the three counties.

The sessions begin Dec. 9 at Hilldrup Moving & Storage, 4022 Jefferson Davis Highway, in Stafford. Maps and exhibits will be available, beginning at 7 p.m.. A presentation by project partners starts at 7:30, followed by questions and a public-comment period.

The same time and format will be followed at the Dec. 11 session in Fauquier at the Old Cedar Run Rescue Squad Building in Catlett, and in Prince William on Dec. 17 in the county Development Services Building.

Meeting documents will be available on Dec. 4 on the project website, stafford

A joint land-use study is a cooperative planning effort between military installations and surrounding communities. The aim is to promote well-suited community growth compatible with military training and operations on base.

Joint studies are also in the works at the Naval Support Facility Dahlgren in King George County, and at Fort A.P. Hill in Caroline and Essex counties. The studies identify actions that can be taken jointly to solve existing encroachment problems, and to prevent future ones.

It’s a big issue for military bases, like the ones here, which began as rural outposts and are now increasingly surrounded by development. That can lead to friction with neighbors on issues such as noise from ordnance, training and low-flying aircraft.

Joint planning allows the military to continue its activities in growing areas and lets localities reap the benefit of the bases’ jobs and payrolls.

The study is scheduled to be completed by the first quarter of next year.

Rusty Dennen: 540/374-5431