Council Approves First Reading of an Ordinance for New Military Compatibility Area Overlay Districts Adjacent to Military Installations
Will Ensure Future Land Use is Compatible with Aircraft Operations
CORPUS CHRISTI, TX – At today's regularly scheduled council meeting, Mayor Paulette Guajardo and the City Council approved the first reading of an ordinance creating Military Compatibility Area Overlay Districts (MCAOD) for the areas surrounding Truax Field at Naval Air Station Corpus Christi (NASCC), Naval Outlying Landing Field Cabaniss, and Naval Outlying Landing Field Waldron. The overlay districts will make future land use compatible with Naval Air Station Corpus Christi's military mission.
Today's action came after the Council conducted a joint meeting with the Planning Commission to hold a public hearing.
The MCAOD is designed to protect civilians and military personnel's health, safety, and welfare by ensuring land use is compatible with aircraft operations, minimizing noise and aircraft accident potential impacts, and protecting the military installations' investments by safeguarding their operational capabilities.
The zoning overlay districts will regulate land use, density, noise, light, and vertical obstructions. The second reading of the ordinance will be on August 16.
NASCC is primarily focused on pilot training. Training Air Wing Four comprises four individual units: two primary training squadrons and two squadrons that provide advanced multi-engine training. Training Air Wing Four delivers over 600 highly qualified aviators every year. The Chief of Naval Air Training (CNATRA) is headquartered at NASCC and oversees all aviation training for the U.S. Navy.
The Corpus Christ Army Depot (CCAD) is also located at NASCC.
According to the Texas Military Preparedness Commission, the mission of Naval Air Station Corpus Christi combined with CCAD has a $4.6 billion annual impact on the Texas economy.
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