STATE LAND-USE PLAN TO GUARD LARGE AIRSPACE MILITARY FLIGHTS, TESTING TO BE ENSURED.Byline: JIM Jim
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PALMDALE -- At the urging of Antelope Valley This article is about the Los Angeles County region. For the census-designated place in Wyoming, see Antelope Valley-Crestview, Wyoming.
The Antelope Valley and Kern County leaders, state officials are preparing a joint land use study aimed at protecting the airspace used by California military bases, including Edwards Air Force Base Edwards Air Force Base, U.S. military installation, 301,000 acres (121,805 hectares), S Calif., NE of Lancaster; est. 1933. It is one of the largest air force bases in the United States and has the world's longest runway. .
The Governor's Office of Planning and Research, in conjunction with Kern County, is preparing a joint land use plan to protect the R-2508 airspace, a massive restricted air corridor that stretches from Edwards along the Sierra Nevada Sierra Nevada, mountain range, Spain
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``This type of study to protect R-2508 is something we have suggested for some time,'' said Alis Clausen, who serves on defense support committees for the Antelope Valley Board of Trade. ``We're delighted to see this.''
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The objective of the study is to protect the military mission while allowing compatible civilian growth in the study areas. The study is aimed at implementing recommendations to avoid or mitigate incompatible land uses.
The study area includes portions of Fresno, Inyo, Kern, Los Angeles, Mono, San Bernardino, and Tulare Counties. The study area includes Edwards, the Army's Fort Irwin in San Bernardino County and the Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake For other uses, see China Lake (disambiguation).
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A committee of elected leaders from affected communities is being assembled to oversee the study. On Wednesday, Palmdale selected Councilman Tom Lackey to be its representative; Lancaster will choose a representative at the council meeting on Tuesday.
Lackey, who was raised in Boron boron (bōr`ŏn) [New Gr. from borax], chemical element; symbol B; at. no. 5; at. wt. 10.81; m.p. about 2,300°C;; sublimation point about 2,550°C;; sp. gr. 2.3 at 25°C;; valence +3. , a small community just outside the base's northern border, said he wants to ensure the area's continued military involvement.
``It's an integral part of the Antelope Valley,'' Lackey said of Edwards. ``I'd like to be part of the preservation. It has such a rich history of military involvement.''
As an example of how planning can help protect military and industry interest, Antelope Valley officials point to a height-restriction map for wind turbines. In that case, the military, local governments, and the wind energy industry worked together to come up with a map to show where wind turbines could be built and at what heights to avoid impacting low-level flight corridors.