FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 16, 2016
Doña Ana County has received a two-year federal grant to facilitate implementation of several key facets related to the Southern New Mexico/El Paso Joint Land Use Study (JLUS).
The U.S. Department of Defense’s Office of Economic Adjustment awarded $588,590 for environmental studies, plan and policy development and new and amended zoning initiatives that will help the area’s military bases and surrounding communities grow together in ways that enhance compatibility and strengthen existing partnerships.
Counties participating in the initiative are Doña Ana, Sierra, Lincoln and Socorro in New Mexico and El Paso County in Texas, along with the cities of Las Cruces, Alamogordo and El Paso. The military installations are White Sands Missile Range, Fort Bliss and Holloman Air Force Base. Doña Ana County is the fiscal agent for the project.
Adrienne Johnson has been brought on board within the Doña Ana County Community Development Department as the Regional Compatibility Planner responsible for coordinating the implementation phase.
To learn more about the JLUS and the proposed implementation strategies, visit www.snmepjointlanduse.com, or call Johnson at (575) 525-6120.
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Reporters seeking more information or interviews may call county Public Information Director Jess Williams at (575) 525-5801.