Governor Abbott Announces Grants to Texas Military Communities

Corpus Christi to Receive $800K to Protect Cabaniss Field from Encroachment

CORPUS CHRISTI, TX – Governor Greg Abbott announced today a new round of $15.3 million in grants from the Texas Military Preparedness Commission’s (TMPC) Defense Economic Adjustment Assistance Grant (DEAAG) program. The City of Corpus Christi has been selected as one of the DEAAG recipients and will receive $800,000 in fiscal year 2022-2023 for Clear Zone Easement supporting Naval Air Station Corpus Christi to protect Cabaniss Field from encroachment.

The project will fund the acquisition of a restricted use easement in a runway Clear Zone to protect flight training operations at Cabaniss Field, a Navy Outlying Field (NOLF) for Naval Air Station Corpus Christi (NASCC).

The restrictive use easement will secure a 51.85-acre site to prevent incompatible land development, which could threaten the future of military flight training operations at the only multi-engine primary flight training field in the entire U.S. Navy. The easement property is the only remaining property in the Clear Zone not owned or controlled by the U.S. Navy. The City will hold title to the easement and be responsible for enforcing the terms of the easement.

The City has used its land-use regulations and partnered with the Navy to acquire Clear Zone and APZ properties to ensure the future of NASCC and training fields like NOLF Cabaniss continue to produce the best-trained, most skilled aviators to allow this nation to remain strong.

“The DEAAG program has funded redundant water lines and replacement of the natural gas pipeline system for Naval Air Station Corpus Christi among other projects, and we are very pleased that the Texas Military Preparedness Commission has approved this additional funding to protect Clear Zones and APZ’s,” said Mayor Paulette Guajardo “The City of Corpus Christi is proud to continue our strong partnership with Naval Air Station Corpus Christi and the Corpus Christi Army Depot!”

The project is an important part of the continuing partnership between the City and the Navy to protect Clear Zones and Accident Potential Zones (APZ) identified by Air Installation Compatibility Use Zone (AICUZ) studies from encroachments by residential, commercial, or other incompatible developments.

According to the Texas Military Preparedness Commission, the mission of Naval Air Station Corpus Christi has a $2.8 billion annual impact on the Texas economy.

The City would like to thank our Legislative delegation and the South Texas Military Task Force for their assistance in advocating for this grant and for the work the Task Force does to protect our military missions in South Texas.  

For information on NASCC:

Texas Military Preparedness Commission - Naval Air Station Corpus Christi 2020

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