Regional Compatible Use Plan Overview

What is the Regional Compatible Use Plan (RCUP)?

The JBSA RCUP is a community-driven cooperative, and strategic planning process designed to increase public awareness of the military missions and promote compatible land use and regional economic opportunity, while preserving military readiness and defense capabilities. The JBSA RCUP will assess existing conditions and new and emerging issues, seek refinement to previous JLUS strategies that were not implemented and provide recommendations to: 

  • Implement compatible land use measures that prevent the introduction of incompatible development that could impair the continued operational utility of JBSA installations
  • Preserve and protect the public health, safety, and welfare of those living near JBSA installations, Martindale Army Airfield, and their associated ranges, military training routes, special use airspace, and military operations areas
  • Improve communication and policies / procedures for military participation in the community development review and long-range planning
  • Increase public awareness and strengthen support for the military missions
  • Foster military–community partnerships that contribute to the regional economy

What are the Objectives of the RCUP?

The primary objective of the JBSA RCUP is to reduce potential conflicts between JBSA and Martindale Army Airfield operations and surrounding communities, while accommodating new growth and economic development, sustaining economic vitality, and protecting the public health, safety, and welfare. The RCUP embodies three core objectives:


Bringing together community and military representatives to discuss the implementation of compatibility recommendations from previous compatibility planning efforts in an open forum


Encouraging continued cooperative land use and resource planning among the military and surrounding communities to ensure compatible community growth while reducing operational impacts on lands within the RCUP Study Area


Confirming and refining the set of mutually-supported RCUP tools and procedures and proposing regionally relevant tools and processes from which local jurisdictions, agencies, the military, and other stakeholders can continue to implement

Why an RCUP?

Joint Base San Antonio is an economic engine for the San Antonio region, generating over $30 billion dollars in 2017. As the largest regional employer, JBSA provides 187,000 jobs, including 64,000 direct jobs and 123,000 indirect jobs resulting in over $12 billion dollars in annual disposable income for the region. The economic value of JBSA underscores the importance of protecting this valuable asset for the region and state of Texas.

The JBSA RCUP builds on separate Joint Land Use Studies (JLUS) completed over the past decade for JBSA-Camp Bullis, JBSA-Lackland, and JBSA-Randolph (including Seguin Auxiliary Airfield). Each JLUS proposed a unique set of implementation recommendations for jurisdictions, JBSA, and other participating stakeholders. In 2015, a Regional JLUS Implementation Strategy (RJIS) was commissioned by the City of San Antonio to integrate JLUS recommendations common to each JLUS to create a more efficient and comprehensive regional framework.

Since completion of these studies, several significant changes have occurred, including technology, missions, and resources. This JBSA RCUP will address the age of strategies, new missions, technology, and growth in the region and to allow for new strategies that support JBSA missions.

This study was prepared under contract with the Alamo Area Council of Governments, with financial support from the Department of Defense Office of Economic Adjustment. The content reflects the views of the Alamo Area Council of Governments and the key JBSA RCUP partners involved in the development of this study and does not necessarily reflect the views of the Office of Economic Adjustment.

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