JLUS chair: Cannon outlook positive

Joint Land Use Study committee Chair Gayla Brumfield said its recent meeting has given a positive outlook to future relations between landowners and Cannon Air Force Base.

The committee is tasked with working with the U.S. Department of Defense in regard to local land development issues.

Brumfield said the committee, comprised of local landowners, community members and Cannon officials, met with its consultant to go over a set of guidelines that will help deal with encroachment issues.

"What was decided was to put together a memorandum of understanding between the base and landowners," Brumfield said.

Brumfield said the memorandum's main purpose is to stress talking early and talking often about potential projects landowners are interested in pursuing, such as the construction of wind farms, that may affect the base's operations.

She said once the memorandum is complete, the committee will report to the Local Growth Management Committee.

She said everyone's voice was heard at the meeting.

"I think everyone left feeling good," Brumfield said. "At the end of the day, we're all in this together. Everyone understands we support the base, but on the other hand, we need to be cognizant to property rights and the development of wind energy, which we have access to in this area. There's great value on both sides."

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