ABILENE, TX — The efforts to help improve the relationship between Dyess Air Force Base and its surrounding communities takes one step forward, Tuesday
Dyess is nested in Abilene and spreads into the neighboring town of Tye. Those cities along with Taylor County and Dyess officials are all working together toward a common goal. That goal a Joint Land Use Study (JLUS).
"Joint Land Use Study looks at a community's impact on the base and the base's impact on the community,” Don Green, JLUS project manager said.
The study offers a series of recommendations suggested by local leaders and citizens. They're aiming to help reduce current and potential conflicts between Dyess and its neighbors.
"The Taylor County commissioners approved to adopt it today,” Green said. “And that follows that May 29 adoption by the city of Tye council."
Some recommendations are: prohibiting the growth of things that attract wildlife because the animals themselves could hinder safe aircraft operations. Another recommendation, real estate agents would also disclose to buyers that the property they're selling falls under a certain noise level.
"We do plan to bring this to Abilene City Council for their approval later this month,” Green said.
If the Abilene City Council approves this final report of the study, the next step is implementing the recommendations.
"The Implementation committee will look at the recommendations and will be responsible for making sure the recommendations are addressed,” Green said. “This is an ongoing process, there is essentially no end to implementation phase."