This project addressed compatibility issues such as urban development and growth, dark sky maintenance, economic diversity, and environmental regulations.

Camp Navajo is a 28,255 Army-owned installation operating as a premier high-altitude training site and defense commodity storage depot. Twelve miles west of Flagstaff, Camp Navajo is surrounded by a number of municipalities, national forests, trust lands, and small private land holdings.

The United States Naval Observatory Flagstaff Station (USNO) is a dark-sky site for optical and near-infrared astronomy, located five miles west of Flagstaff.

This JLUS recommended strategies to address potential development issues while supporting continued community economic development.


The Coconino JLUS project had four main phases.

  1. Stakeholder & Public Involvement, Survey & Interviews. [September 2017 – December 2018] Draft public involvement strategy and conduct outreach to the public and elected officials. Conduct installation and community tours, including briefing by participating jurisdictions. Conduct stakeholder interviews, public meetings and surveys to obtain data.

  2. Data Collection, Inventory Mapping, & Conflict Compatibility Analysis. [October 2017 – March 2018] Collect data from various jurisdictions to compile existing conditions findings. Identify potential land use, zoning conflicts, and potential infrastructure considerations.

  3. Conflict Resolution Strategies. [February 2018 – May 2018] Formulate strategies to address conflicts and issues.

  4. Draft & Final JLUS Study Report. [May 2017 – January 2019] Finalize the Study Report, which includes:

  • Short-, mid-, and long-term priorities

  • An implementation strategy with timelines, costs, and funding mechanisms

  • Metrics to measure plan effectiveness

  • A monitoring and adaptive management plan

  • A recommended organizational structure and process for JLUS participants’ continued collaboration

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Project Study Area

The project study area encompasses all of Coconino County, including United States Naval Observatory Flagstaff Station and Arizona Army National Guard, Camp Navajo.