This project will address compatibility issues such as urban development and growth along the west side of the Thames River and the southern portion of SUBASE New London, competition for land resources, clearance requirements for explosives associated with base operations, and environmental regulations.
SUBASE New London is a 700-acre operating installation that is “Home of the Submarine Force.” The installation is a key component of a defense industry cluster in southeastern Connecticut. The SUBASE is surrounded by a number of municipalities and tribal nations.
This JLUS seeks to recommend strategies to address potential development issues while supporting continued community economic development, with special focus on waterfront uses.
The SUBASE New London JLUS project has four phases.
1. Existing Conditions.
[December 2016 – March 2017]
Create a portfolio of land use, economic, transportation, and environmental existing conditions and plans from local jurisdictions’ and the Navy’s information.
2. Compatibility Analysis.
[March 2017 – May 2017]
Identify potential land use, shoreline use, water and land mobility conflicts, and potential infrastructure considerations.
3. Draft Plan Development.
[June 2017 – September 2017]
Draft conflict resolution strategies for current and future land uses, including regulatory, capital improvement, programmatic, and procedural and operational measures.
4. Plan Adoption and Implementation.
[October 2017 – December 2017]
Finalize the Study Report, which includes:
- Short-, mid-, and long-term priorities
- An implementation strategy with timelines, costs, and funding mechanisms
- Metrics to measure plan effectiveness
- A monitoring and adaptive management plan
- A recommended organizational structure and process for JLUS participants’ continued collaboration
Project Study Area
SUBASE New London is located along the east side of the Thames River in the Towns of Groton and Ledyard, Connecticut. Groton (Town and City), Ledyard, Waterford, Montville, and New London, along with the Thames River, form the proposed study area.
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