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					COMPATIBILITY SUSTAINABILITY STUDY

SHAPING THE FUTURE ... T O G E T H E R

GOVERNOR OF GUAM MILITARY BUILDUP INITIATIVES
With the planned increase of military forces on Guam, the Governor’s Office is working to ensure that this buildup is well planned and executed. Providing opportunities for enhanced economic development, new employment opportunities, improved infrastructure and public services will allow Guam to continue its key role in the national defense system. A big project calls for big plans, and the Governor’s Office is taking the steps needed to ensure the successful outcome of this change.

What Is a CSS?
The military has long been a major component of life on Guam, providing jobs and community support that are part of everyday life on the Island. In the coming years, changes in the national defense strategy will include a major buildup in facilities and forces on Guam. While these changes are in the planning stages, it is critical that Guam is in step with its own plans to ensure this buildup is seamless and provides benefits to those that call Guam home. To help accommodate this growth, protect existing communities, and provide opportunities for economic development, the Office of the Governor has hired a team of advisors with expertise in compatibility planning. As part of this effort, a Compatibility Sustainability Study (CSS) will be prepared. The CSS is a joint planning effort between Guam and the military. The CSS program is managed by the Office of the Governor and is funded through a grant provided by the Department of Defense (DoD) Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA).

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Understanding
Increase communication among the military, GovGuam, the public, and other stakeholders to promote a shared understanding of the strong economic and physical relationship and benefits that exist between the installations and their adjacent villages.

Collaboration
Promote collaborative planning in order to safeguard the villages and military missions on Guam from future incompatible development and to ensure that the buildup is accomplished through achieving a balance between all stakeholders.

What are the Objectives of the CSS?
The primary goal of the CSS will be to reduce the potential conflicts that could occur between military installations/training areas and the Guam community while sustaining economic vitality, accommodating targeted job development, protecting public health and safety, and protecting current and future military missions. The CSS has three core objectives:

Actions
Develop recommended strategies for reducing or eliminating the impacts of incompatible activities on the community as well as military operations through the development of tools (policies, programs, and procedures) that will support community and military compatibility in the future.

This brochure was prepared under contract with the Government of Guam, Office of the Governor, with financial support from the Office of Economic Adjustment, Department of Defense. The content reflects the views of the Government of Guam and does not necessarily reflect the views of the Office of Economic Adjustment.

How Will the CSS Project Be Developed?
The Guam CSS will be completed in a series of phases, with each phase building upon the earlier efforts. These phases include: Data Collection and Analysis Issues Identification Assessment of Existing Tools Strategy Development CSS Preparation

How Can You Find Out More?
• Visit the program website at www.one.guam.gov and find: • • • • Answers to common questions and comments under Contact Us / FAQ Public Workshop dates and information Current CSS program information. Downloadable copies of documents prepared during the CSS

How Long Will the Project Take?
The Guam CSS component is expected to be completed by the end of 2010. Since the CSS is dependent on the proposed plans of the military buildup program, there is a possibility that the schedule may extend into the early part of 2011.

The webiste will be updated regularly throughout the process, so check back often. • • Attend CSS Public Workshops Look for CSS Fact sheets (like this one) available at CSS Public Workshops, at the Office of the Governor of Guam and at the ACT Project Team office.

What Will Be Addressed in the Guam CSS?
The Guam CSS will be addressing the potential conflicts associated with both the current and proposed changes to the missions of the military installations, airfields, and ranges on Guam. The CSS will examine existing land use; growth trends and development potential; and existing regulations, plans, and procedures. Using this background information and the ideas developed during public forums and workshops, the CSS will develop recommendations and identify strategies to promote compatible land use planning around each installation and military use area.

Have CSS Efforts in Other Locations Been Successful?
Previous compatibility planning efforts have shown a high success rate, and have directly benefited local communities and the military by:  Protecting the health and safety of residents living or working near military installations.  Preserving long-term land use compatibility between the communities and military installations.  Promoting comprehensive and collaborative community and military planning.  Encouraging a cooperative spirit between the local community, the military and stakeholders in the region.

What Will the Guam CSS Provide?
The Guam CSS will provide all stakeholders:  A land use assessment for areas surrounding the military installations and use areas.  A baseline of existing and potential incompatible land uses around the military installations and use areas.  Assessment of Island growth trends and development potential.  A plan that will provide stakeholders with the information they need to assist in compatibility decision-making.  Recommendations to promote compatible land use planning around military installations and use areas.

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A Plan for Guam
Public Involvement Program
HOW CAN YOU HELP GUIDE THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE GUAM CSS?
There are four sets of Public Workshops currently identified to reach out to the community and provide information on the Gaum CSS program. These workshops will give everyone an opportunity to provide their input and ideas, and provide a forum to gather comments on the Guam CSS program and documents. Each set of Public Workshops will be held at multiple locations on Guam to make it easy for everyone to participate.  Public Workshop #1 – Introduction and definition of the CSS project; identify existing or potential conflicts, issues and concerns; generate excitement and enthusiasm.  Public Workshop #2 – Overview of existing conditions, land use, and development trends, present existing and potential compatibility issues.  Public Workshop #3 – Present draft compatibility factors, planning tools, and strategies.  Public Workshop #4 – Public hearing format to present the Draft Guam CSS and receive public comment.

WHO ELSE WILL PROVIDE INPUT ON THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE CSS?
To assist with the preparation of the CSS, two committees, comprised of Guam Government staff, village leaders, military leaders, community service representatives, and other stakeholders, will be formed. Policy Committee (PC). The PC is responsible for the overall direction of the CSS, approval of the budget, preparation and approval of the study design, approval of policy recommendations, approval of draft and final written reports, and will monitor the implementation of the adopted policies. Technical Working Group (TWG). The TWG is responsible for identifying and studying technical issues. Membership includes area planners, military base planners, business and development community representatives, natural resource protection organizations, and other technical experts as needed to help assist in the development and evaluation of implementation strategies and tools. Items discussed by the TWG will be brought before the PC for consideration and action.

CSS Process
Compatibility Sustainability Study (CSS)

The schedule for the CSS will change over time to reflect changes in the military’s timelines and the availability of information on the buildup. While the dates may shift, the order of the events will remain the same.

Public Outreach

Public Outreach

Public Outreach

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Description: NEPA / SIAS Planning Guide The Department of Defence is nearing the release of two key documents concerning the military buildup. This brochure provides an overview of the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) being prepared under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and the Socioeconomic Impact Assessment Study (SIAS). http://www.oneguam.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=55:workshop-handouts&catid=25:public-forum-1&Itemid=6