Meridian leaders to meet with military officials on future of base

Meridian StarJuly 5, 2014 

MERIDIAN -- City and county officials will meet this week to discuss options for supporting Naval Air Station Meridian.

Members of the Meridian City Council, the Lauderdale Board of Supervisors, and the Marion Board of Aldermen and mayor have been invited to learn what they can do to make sure that growth in the area is compatible with the mission of NAS, according to a Department of Defense official.

If DOD selects NAS for a Joint Land Use Study, it will provide technical and financial assistance to state and local governments to develop a study with NAS, according to a letter from the Patrick J. O'Brien, director of the DOD's Office of Economic Adjustment.

In writing to Capt. Charles C. Moore, commanding officer, NAS, O'Brien said the objective of these studies is to "Identify measures needed to ensure that future public and private civilian development adjacent to your military installation is compatible with the mission of the installation."

Jim Copeland, Community Plans and Liaisons officer for NAS, told county supervisors Thursday the meeting is not just about zoning issues near NAS for which the county recently formed a committee.

"It's for all the things that counties, cities do to protect the military base," Copeland said.

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