The Lowcountry Joint Land Use Studies (JLUS) were a cooperative planning effort conducted by the Lowcountry Council of Governments and its consultants. The studies evaluated existing and anticipated land uses on and in proximity to both the Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Beaufort and the Marine Corps Recruit Depot (MCRD) Parris Island. Affected jurisdictions include Beaufort County, the City of Beaufort, the Town of Port Royal, and the State of South Carolina. Other affected stakeholders include local residents, businesses, environmental-interest groups, industrial groups, and utility providers. The study was administered by the Lowcountry Council of Governments with a matching grant from the Department of Defense (DOD), Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA). The Lowcountry JLUS was completed in April 2015.
The 2015 Lowcountry JLUS effort was, in part, a follow-up to a JLUS for MCAS Beaufort completed in 2004 and, in addition, a separate JLUS for Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island (MCRD). The 2015 effort included separate planning analyses for MCAS Beaufort and MCRD Parris Island, while incorporating current and future anticipated impacts associated with military mission changes.
The Lowcountry Council of Governments selected White & Smith Planning and Law Group, along with its subcontractors Marstel-Day, LLC, Benchmark CMR, Inc., and Toole Design Group to complete the study.