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LANDS NEAR MILITARY BASES

Military jets flying State and local governments’ decisions on how to use and develop the land surrounding military installations can affect whether those installations stay or go. The land uses must be compatible—military and civilian life must co-exist in harmony—or the relationship may not last. NCSL’s June 2013 LegisBrief examines state and local government decisions on how to use and develop the land surrounding military installations.

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A NOVEL APPROACH TO LAND CONSERVATION

LegisBrief logoIn July 2013, federal agencies announced a new initiative to reduce the adverse effects of incompatible development. Known as the Sentinel Landscapes Partnership, the aim is to sustain military readiness, preserve agricultural land and protect wildlife habitat by focusing on areas where these priorities overlap.

 

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NCSL LAND MANAGEMENT POLICY

Capitol NCSL's Washington staff lobby the Congress, the White House and federal agencies for the benefit of state legislatures in accord with NCSL policies. Our Land Management policy concerns the Federal Land Policy Management Act, takings and land use authority, conservation easements, and other critical federalism issues.

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DATABASES

database NCSL tracks land use in our Energy & Environment Legislation Tracking Database. Brownfield development is covered in NCSL’s Environmental Health Legislation Database. These databases are searchable by keyword, year, state, topic, bill number and status.

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OVERVIEW | LAND USE

Land use management covers state policies aimed at regulating growth, conserving agricultural lands and natural spaces, redeveloping brownfields and other contaminated properties, and reducing conflicts among land users. Through its Military & Veteran’s Affairs Task Force, NCSL has developed a number of resources focusing on state land use policies near military bases and other facilities. 

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