What is the Travis AFB Sustainability Study?
The Travis Air Force Base (AFB) Sustainability Study (TSS) is a cooperative planning effort conducted as a joint venture between Travis AFB, surrounding jurisdictions, state and federal agencies, and other affected stakeholders to address compatibility around the base. The TSS is funded by a grant from the Department of Defense (DOD) Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA) and contributions by the TSS sponsor, Solano County, California. The TSS effort can directly benefit both Travis AFB and the surrounding region by:
- Protecting the health and safety of surrounding residents and workers;
- Preserving long-term land use compatibility between Travis AFB and the surrounding communities;
- Promoting community planning that addresses compatibility issues;
- Enhancing cooperation between Travis AFB and community officials; and
- Integrating surrounding local jurisdiction growth policy plans with the installation’s plans.
What Are the TSS Objectives?
The goal of the TSS is to reduce potential conflicts between military installations and surrounding areas while accommodating new growth and economic development, sustaining economic vitality, protecting public health and safety, and protecting the operational missions of Travis AFB. The TSS program has three core objectives:
UNDERSTANDING. Increase communication between the military, local jurisdictions, and other stakeholders to promote an understanding of the strong economic and physical relationship between Travis AFB and its neighbors.
COLLABORATION. Promote collaborative planning between the military, local jurisdictions, and other stakeholders in order to ensure a consistent approach to address compatibility issues.
ACTIONS. Develop and implement strategies for reducing the impacts of existing and future incompatible activities on the community and military operations.
What Will The TSS Address?
The TSS will provide stakeholders with:
- A land use assessment for surrounding potential growth areas;
- A baseline of existing incompatible land uses around the installation;
- An assessment of regional and local growth trends;
- A plan to assist surrounding communities in making informed decisions regarding compatibility; and
- Recommendations and strategies to promote compatible land use planning around Travis AFB and within the surrounding communities.
What Is Compatibility?
Compatibility, in relation to military readiness, can be defined as the balance and / or compromise between community and military needs and interests. The goal of compatibility planning is to promote an environment where both entities can coexist successfully. Study Area data on existing conditions obtained from the Policy Committee, Technical Advisory Committee, and public workshops will be analysed to identify current and future compatibility issues. This analysis will also identify the influence of regulatory measures on land use decisions and will consider existing and projected development trends within the Study Area. The TSS will assess a set of 25 compatibility factors to identify all pertinent issues.
What Are TSS Recommendations?
TSS recommendations may involve revisions to the communities' comprehensive plans and traditional land use and development controls, such as zoning, subdivision regulations, building codes, and so forth. Additional actions may include land exchanges, transfer of development rights, and real estate disclosure.