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Luke Air Force Base Targeted Growth Management Plan

2020 Best Regional Plan

American Planning Association, Arizona Chapter

2020 Outstanding Federal Planning Project Honor Award

American Planning Association, Federal Planning Division

Matrix completed a Targeted Growth Management Plan (TGMP) for Luke Air Force Base (AFB) as a community-led, collaborative planning effort between Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG), Luke AFB, and surrounding jurisdictions in Arizona. The TGMP involves 14 partnering communities and the shared goal of enhancing the mutually beneficial relationship between Luke AFB and West Valley communities.

The coming expansion of Luke AFB due to its designation as the new F-35A Lightning II fighter jet training facility will bring over 7,000 military personnel, Department of Defense (DoD) civilian employees, and military and civilian family members to the region. The Plan, funded by the DoD, addressed the potential impacts of the mission expansion on the transportation, economic and workforce development, education, and housing aspects of local communities. It also examined the ability of those communities to meet the anticipated demand on facilities and services.

Matrix engaged in extensive public outreach during the development of the Plan. The results of community-wide and Luke AFB surveys conducted online during the study period helped gauge preferences of the residents of nearby cities and Luke AFB. A key product of the TGMP was an online StoryMap titled Mission Critical, which included a summary of the findings of the study and interactive maps, creating a centralized hub of information on various resources in the region to help military families address their needs even before relocating to Arizona. Mission Critical is considered an asset for all current and future residents and is an effective tool for decision-making processes by MAG and communities.

The StoryMap includes a section for each of the white papers included in the TGMP and will continue to be updated as the Plan evolves. Each section features text, graphics, charts, and layered maps from the corresponding white paper, highlighting the key points and findings in an easy-to-follow format that tells the story of the entire TGMP. This means of public outreach also serves as an ongoing method of educating the public in a way that is meaningful and user-friendly and that invites conversation and feedback.

The plan won the American Planning Association Arizona Chapter award for 2020 Best Regional Plan and gained letters of support for this award from the Air Force, local mayors, the Arizona Coalition for Military Families, Arizona State University, the Arizona Department of Veterans’ Services, and MAG.