Land use study group to tour Minot AFB, area missile field

MINOT AIR FORCE BASE Members of a Joint Land Use Study will be touring Minot Air Force Base and the Minot missile field in the eight-county area today to obtain a more comprehensive understanding of the military mission and the need for compatible land use planning.

The Souris Basin Planning Council was awarded a grant in February from the Department of Defense’s Office of Economic Adjustment to develop the Joint Land Use Study. The study is done to assess any existing and potential conflicts between military facilities, military operations and private development. The Minot Area Chamber of Commerce is participating with local matching funds.

The final product will present strategies to resolve existing conflicts and to avoid future conflicts between the military and private development.

The study area involves Minot AFB and the eight surrounding counties where 150 Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missiles are located in underground facilities and also missile alert facilities are located. The counties of Bottineau, Burke, McHenry, McLean, Mountrail, Renville, Sheridan and Ward are in the study area. The Fort Berthold Reservation, City of Minot and other cities within the eight-county region will also be involved.

Two committees recently created include the technical committee consisting of local government and Minot AFB staff, along with a policy committee consisting of representatives from each county, City of Minot, Fort Berthold Reservation, Minot International Airport, Minot Area Chamber of Commerce, State Department of Commerce, Minot Air Force Base, and the energy industry.

Public meetings will be held this summer. “How successful the study is in providing strategies that work for everyone involved, including private development, depends entirely on public participation,” said Cindy Gray, project manager with SRF Consulting Group.

The project website is at (