January 6, 2017

Civic planners from Fort Sill and neighboring communities used hand-held devices to respond to an informal survey held as part of Thursday's kickoff for a regional Joint Land Use Study.

Matrix Design Group has been hired as consultant for the project, according to Steve Kelly, community and economic development planner for the Association of South Central Oklahoma Governments (ASCOG), the agency spearheading the study committee.

Two Matrix vice presidents, Celeste Werner of Phoenix and Mike Hrapia of Crofton, Md., were here to explain what a Joint Land Use Study is and is not. With them was Army Col. Doug Brown from the Department of Defense's Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA), the same office that provided funding to build Freedom Elementary School.

"We're hoping that at the end of this the collective group will have identified some potential points for implementation that benefit both the installation and the community in the future so that both can continue to do what they need to do," Brown said. "It's called a joint land use study, but it's about compatible uses."

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