Town of Kittery & Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Joint Land Use Study (JLUS)

JLUS Group Photo

The Town of Kittery is partnering with the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard to pursue a Joint Land Use Study (JLUS).  The Southern Maine Planning and Development Commission (SMPDC) will assist with the administration and implementation of the study.

For more information, visit SMPDC's website by clicking here.

Purpose of the Study

The Joint Land Use Study (JLUS) is a community-driven, cooperative and strategic planning process among the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, surrounding communities, Federal agencies, State agencies and other interested parties to:

  • Seek ways to reduce traffic congestion and transportation safety issues impacting the Town of Kittery, the Shipyard, and the surrounding region overall.
  • Promote community development that is supportive of and compatible with military training, testing, and operational missions, is capable of mitigating negative impacts of the installation’s adjacency to the Town, and that is compatible with the Town’s Comprehensive Plans along with the Shipyard’s long-term needs and operational missions.
  • Seek ways to reduce impacts of the Shipyard on adjacent lands, residential neighbors, local waterways, Town services, and businesses and residents.
  • Increase public awareness of the military mission and contribution to the regional economy.
  • Protect and preserve military readiness and defense capabilities while supporting symbiotic community economic stability and success.

Project Scope

  • Stakeholder and Public Involvement 
  • Survey/Interview Key Stakeholders
  • Data Collection, Inventory and Mapping
  • Conflict and Compatibility Analysis 
  • Prepare JLUS Report + Implementation Plan
  • Conflict Resolution Strategies

Recent Updates:

The Town Council received a presentation on the JLUS study findings at the Town Council meeting on February 24, 2020.
The Joint Land Use Study Final Report 

Project Update 5

JLUS Project Flyer 5

Project Update 4

Kittery PNSY JLUS Update

Project Update 3

Kittery JUS FLyer 3

Project Update 2

Kittery JLUS Flyer 2

Project Update 1

JLUS Project FLyer 1

Previous Updates:

The public was invited to join the Joint Land Use Project Team for an Open House on January 7, 2020, from 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM at the Kittery Community Center.
The project term presented their draft reports, and received feedback from the public to assist them as they develop their final report.
To view the Joint Land Use Study Executive Summary DRAFT, please click here.
To view the Joint Land Use Study Final Report DRAFT, please click here.
To view the Open House presentation, please click here.
Comments on the drafts were accepted until January 27, 2020.  Comments/feedback can be emailed directly to Tom Reinauer at [email protected].

JLUS Open House 2020

The public was invited to join the Joint Land Use Study (JLUS) project team for an Open House on June 5, 2019 from 4:30 PM to 7:00 PM at the Kittery Community Center, located at 120 Rogers Road

The project team received feedback about opportunities and solutions for these factors that may impact the future of PNSY and the Kittery community. Those interested in sharing their thoughts were also invited to participate in an online survey that helped inform recommendations developed in the final JLUS. The survey is available to reference by clicking here.

JLUS Open House


Summary of Round Table Meetings
The JLUS project team met with 5 groups of stakeholders in March to gain a better understanding of potential compatibility factors between operations of the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard and the Town of Kittery, with particular emphasis on transportation, planning and housing. Attendees represented a range of regional and local governance and agencies (e.g. political, planning, transportation, public works), as well as neighborhood businesses and residents. 
The key issues identified were:
  • Local traffic congestion
  • Alternative transportation needs
  • Last-mile travel
  • Cross-border collaboration
  • Transit funding
  • Parking perceptions vs. needs
  • Affordable housing
  • Shifting needs of Shipyard workforce
  • Regional connectivity

The key recommedations for future data collection and analysis included:

  • Regional park and ride utilization
  • Analysis of current, proposed zoning
  • Analysis of recent housing needs assessment
  • Concurrent transportation-related studies
  • Transit ridership and service locations
  • Parking utilization counts in Kittery
  • Existing transportation incentive programs
  • Identification of planned transportation projects
  • Employment data for large, regional employers
  • Vehicle volumes at key intersections

These issues and areas of recommendation will be refined during the data collection and mapping phase of the study. A public survey will shortly be released to contribute further to this effort.

Additional Information

JLUS Committee
JLUS Agendas
JLUS Meeting Meeting Notes & Materials
2018 PNSY Economic Impact