Turning Bases Into Great Places
New Life for Closed Military Facilities
Having a military base close or reduce operations can be traumatic for communities. The challenges may seem daunting, but many communities have transformed former bases into valuable assets. Indeed, many of these redevelopments have become showplaces for the entire communityboosting the economy, creating jobs, providing homes, and protecting the environment. This guidebook discusses how to create a vision for former installations that provides housing and transportation choices, creates a mix of jobs and housing, and makes the most of natural assets. Case studies are used throughout the document to illustrate how bases closed in previous BRAC rounds have redeveloped using smart growth principles.