The purpose of a Joint Land Use Study (JLUS) is to foster a joint venture between the Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base New Orleans (NAS JRB New Orleans), Plaquemines and Jefferson Parishes to plan for land uses that work for the mutual benefit of all parties. The JLUS collaboration is funded through a grant from the Department of Defense and Office of Economic Adjustment. This project is being administered locally by the Plaquemines Parish Government, Office of Economic Development. GCR Inc. completed the initial JLUS Study in March of 2011, which included a number of recommendations to implement strategies identified during that process. The Parish has retained GCR Inc. to assist in the next stage, which endeavors to develop implementable solutions in response to the 2011 study and enact those solutions over the next 12 months.
Implementation of this study is critical for the future of Plaquemines, Jefferson, and the Greater New Orleans Area. The NAS JRB New Orleans is a significant economic driver contributing over $400 million in direct impact, and implementation of carefully planned and cooperative land use decisions contribute to the continued viability of the base.