What Is the JBSA-RJIS?
The Joint Base San Antonio (JBSA) Regional Joint Land Use Study (JLUS) Implementation Strategy (RJIS) is a collaborative effort among all the stakeholders in the Alamo Area Region to implement all the JLUS recommendations from all three JLUSs in this area - JBSA-Camp Bullis, JBSA-Lackland, and JBSA-Randolph. The JBSA-RJIS is an 8-month study funded through a grant from the Department of Defense (DOD) Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA) with contributions by the local sponsor – the City of San Antonio.
The RJIS is designed to incorporate all the common strategies that have a regional impact from the individual JLUSs and develop an overall regional implementation strategy. This was accomplished by evaluating all the individual JLUS strategies, communication and coordination issues between the military and communities / agencies, and identifying potential organizations that could manage and facilitate the RJIS. As part of this regional strategy, potential organizations and combinations of organizations were evaluated and analysed to determine the most suitable organization to serve the Alamo Area region as a military‐community planning organization – JBSA JLUS Regional Planning Organization (RPO).
Click here to view the JBSA-Camp Bullis JLUS report.
Click here to view the JBSA-Lackland JLUS report.
Click here to view the status of the JBSA-Randolph JLUS.
What Is the Goal of the JBSA-RJIS?
The goal is to promote a more effective and efficient process for executing the JLUS recommendations identified for each JBSA JLUS. As a result of this, the JBSA JLUS RPO will be a best practices model for other communities with military installations to coordinate and communicate on a regional perspective to maximize resources for the communities and the military as it relates to land use planning and coordination. This will assist all the regional stakeholders including the military to be better neighbors and set the stage for viable, long-term military compatibility planning in the Alamo Area Region.
What Is the Primary Objective of the JBSA-RJIS?
The objective of the JBSA-RJIS is to develop a strategy for which the remaining recommendations of the JBSA-Camp Bullis JLUS, JBSA-Lackland JLUS, and upcoming recommendations of the ongoing JBSA-Randolph JLUS can be implemented in the San Antonio Metropolitan Area.
This regional approach and partnering effort will match the regional nature of JBSA and encompass the geographic boundaries of the associated JLUS defined Military Influence Areas (MIAs) which can be viewed here. The result of the JBSA RJIS effort is a set of consolidated strategies to assist in the coordination efforts of the numerous local governments responsible for implementation activities and a structure/framework for the RPO to implement the JLUS recommendations on a regional basis and where implementation efforts overlap jurisdictional boundaries.
What Are the Challenges of the JBSA RJIS?
The challenges associated with the development of the JBSA RJIS are:
- Financial Resources – The ability of the RPO to operate in a sustainable manner not solely dependent on discretionary funding (grant funding).
- Personnel Resources – The ability to have dedicated staff for the purpose and mission of the RPO.
- Technological Resources – The organization’s ability to operate, maintain and perform various operations with advanced technology such as geospatial / geographic information systems.
How Was the JBSA-RJIS Developed?
The project includes five major Tasks that build upon each other:
Task 1: Analyze Regional JLUS Communication Issues
The purpose of Task 1 is to analyse the communication and coordination issues among all the regional stakeholders and identify where enhancements are needed to improve the regional planning as it relates to military compatibility in the Alamo Area Region. This analysis includes development of schematics that illustrate the various communication / coordination efforts ongoing in the region.
Task 2: Develop Three (3) Regional Framework Alternatives
Task 2 is designed to identify potential frameworks that could serve in a role as a regional planning organization to implement and monitor the regional JLUS strategies. This task involves a thorough investigation of the various tools and resources that the potential frameworks or organizations could utilize or need to ensure a steady implementation program for the regional strategies.
Task 3: Produce Draft Regional JLUS Implementation Strategies (RJIS)
The purpose of Task 3 is to consolidate and determine similarities among the strategies from the three JLUSs that have been developed or are currently being developed to provide a regional perspective in a set of regional strategies. These strategies would be implemented and / or monitored by the regional planning organization to assist in regional military compatibility planning.
Task 4: Craft Framework for Measurement and Evaluation
Task 4 is designed to ensure the regional planning organization charged with implementing the regional strategies has a performance metric system from which to assess progress and success. This metric framework is expected to be enhanced with the selection of the regional organization to execute the regional strategies. The performance metrics are based in overall stakeholder engagement, response times in resolving communication issues, and other similar metrics.
Task 5: Presentation of Draft RJIS and Completion of Final RJIS
Task 5 combines the Draft and Final RJIS and presentation into a single task. Once a draft report has been developed, it will be distributed to the City of San Antonio and other key stakeholders for review. Upon receipt of comments, a Final RJIS will be prepared and a presentation will be delivered to a group of the major regional stakeholders provided by the City of San Antonio.
What Are the Regional JLUS Recommendations?
The Regional JLUS recommendations are a set of strategies that were similar in nature from all three JLUSs developed in the Alamo Area Region. Because these strategies were identified to have a regional outreach and perspective, they should be implemented and / or monitored by a regional planning organization such as the JBSA-Regional Planning Organization proposed for the JBSA RJIS. Such strategies include identification of priority properties for acquisition, pursuit of legislation for Texas Counties for additional limited land use authority, and developing a memorandum of understanding for regional communication and coordination among regional stakeholders.