Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri – July 13, 2016 – On Monday, July 18, the U.S. Army will hold a public meeting from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the St. Robert Municipal Building, 194 Eastlawn Ave., Suite H, St. Robert, Mo. The meeting is being held to inform the public and solicit comments on the environmental assessment being done regarding the implementation of Fort Leonard Wood’s Real Property Master Plan (RPMP).
In addition to the long-term planning strategies that will guide the physical development of Fort Leonard Wood (FLW) over the next 20-30 years, the analysis also includes several construction projects within the Main Cantonment area that are necessary to meet short-term Installation requirements.
The Sustainable Ozarks Partnership (SOP) strongly encourages the public to read the draft assessment report that can be found at http://www.wood.army.mil/newweb/garrison/dpw_environmental.html.
Public comments can be submitted to the Army during the public meeting; however, those unable to attend can send comments directly to the Army by addressing them to Martha Miller, Directorate of Public Works, Environmental Division, 8112 Nebraska Avenue, Building 11400, Room 202E, Fort Leonard Wood, MO 65473. Electronic comments can be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
This open meeting is part of the public comment period which began on July 8th, 2016 and will end on August 7th, 2016.
The installation’s RPMP has been developed by the Installation Strategic Sustainability Plan (ISSP) team and is focused on achieving the following goals for Fort Leonard Wood over the next 20-30 years:
- Create a campus setting
- Achieve flexible and sustainable development of the ISSP goals
- Develop a Soldier and Family friendly downtown area
- Encourage efficient transportation
- Offer an amazing graduation experience
- Preserve lands for training
- Honor the installation’s history
The RPMP does not directly address specific plans for the range and training areas that are being developed as part of the Range Complex Master Plan; Missouri National Guard requirements, FLW Family housing or FLW Army lodging.
The draft environmental assessment has identified there are no significant environmental impacts
The study considered three options. The first is a plan of no action. This plan provides a baseline that FLW will use to compare with the two other alternatives. The second and third plans of action call for the same real property construction projects necessary to meet Installation requirements but offer different roadway options.
The second option calls for a “spine” roadway scenario using Constitution Ave. as the primary north-south traffic corridor, with arterial branches diverting from the “spine”. This option calls for an additional 1,800 feet of new road.
The third option (preferred) calls for the creation of a “loop” roadway using Nebraska and Indiana Avenues as north-south corridors and an additional 10,000 feet of new road, cutting through the old rolling pin barracks area.
“This assessment is part of a process that can help strengthen the installation in the future. We want to ensure our citizens are aware of their role in this process and the planning efforts being considered by Fort Leonard Wood,” said SOP executive director Kent Thomas.
At the end of the public comment period a final assessment will be prepared. This document will be a revision of the draft assessment and it will include consideration of all public and agency comments, the Army’s responses, and provides the decision makers with a comprehensive review of the alternatives, their environmental impacts, and mitigation measures to minimize adverse impacts.
A final decision document will then be prepared. The final document would either conclude the process if there are no significant impacts or, if significant impacts are identified, a Notice of Intent to prepare an environmental impact statement would be issued.