About the Project

What is the S3?

The Selfridge Sustainability Study (S3) is a cooperative planning effort between Macomb County, Chesterfield Township, Harrison Township, Clinton Township, Macomb Township, City of Mount Clemens, City of St. Clair Shores, City of New Baltimore, City of Fraser, City of Roseville, Selfridge Air National Guard Base (ANGB), state and federal agencies, and other affected stakeholders that addresses compatible use and communication with and around Selfridge ANGB. The S3 is funded by a grant from the Department of Defense (DoD) Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA) and contributions by the S3 sponsor, Macomb County. The CUP effort can directly benefit both the military and surrounding region by:

  • Protecting the health, safety and welfare of the public and Selfridge ANGB personnel;
  • Preserving long-term compatibility between Selfridge ANGB and the surrounding communities to support existing and future military operations;
  • Sustaining economic vitality of the communities;
  • Enhancing communication and coordination between Selfridge ANGB and community officials and staff; and
  • Providing tools to assist with informed decision-making.

What is the goal and objective of the S3?

The goal of the S3 is to reduce potential conflicts between the installation and surrounding communities while accommodating new compatible growth and economic development.

The objective of the S3 is:


Bringing together community and military representatives to discuss compatibility issues in an open forum that considers both community and military perspectives and needs.


Encouraging cooperative land use and resource planning among the military and surrounding communities to ensure compatible community growth and reduce operational impacts on lands within the S3 Study Area.


Providing a set of mutually supported tools and procedures through which local jurisdictions, agencies, the military, and other stakeholders can implement appropriate recommendations that are developed during the S3.

What Will the S3 Provide?

The S3 will provide stakeholders with:

  • An assessment of existing land uses, potential growth areas, and economic development opportunities around Selfridge ANGB.
  • Information to assist surrounding communities with informed decision-making regarding compatibility
  • Recommended strategies to promote compatible use planning around Selfridge ANGB and within the surrounding communities

What Is Compatibility?

Compatibility, in relationship to military readiness, is the balance and / or compromise between community and military needs and interests.  The goal of compatibility planning is to promote an environment where both entities can coexist successfully.  Existing conditions data for the S3 Study Area obtained from the Policy Committee, Technical Working Group, other stakeholders and the public will be assessed to identify current and future compatibility issues.  This assessment will also identify the influence of regulatory measures on land use decisions and consider existing and projected development trends within the S3 Study Area.  A set of 25 compatibility factors will be considered to identify the specific issues that influence compatibility.  While all factors will be assessed initially, strategies for mitigating incompatible activities and proactively addressing future compatibility will only be developed for factors shown to be of concern in the S3 Study Area.

What are the Compatibility Factors?

Compatibility factors are used to identify a comprehensive set of compatibility concerns and opportunities in proximity to Selfridge ANGB.  The 25 compatibility factors will be the basis for issue development in the S3:

Social Factors

Communication / Coordination
Cultural Resources
Legislative Initiatives
Housing Availability
Public Services
Public Trespassing

Resource Factors

Air Quality
Biological Resources
Frequency Spectrum Capacity
Land / Air Space Competition
Scarce Natural Resources
Water Quality / Quantity

Development Factors

Anti-Terrorism / Force Protectiony
Dust / Smoke / Steam
Energy Development
Frequency Spectrum Impedance
Infrastructure Extension
Land Use

Light and Glare


Roadway Capacity


Vertical Obstructions


What are the S3 recommendations?

The S3 will result in recommendations developed by the project stakeholders that they can implement to address compatibility issues and guide compatible development in the future.  The recommendations provide tailored options for the different stakeholders, understanding that a one-size fits-all approach is not appropriate for all stakeholders. Once the S3 is completed, it will be important for the stakeholders to move forward with implementing recommendations. The S3 recommendations can generally be categorized into six key areas:

The majority of issues can be addressed through non-regulatory approaches that promote enhanced communication, collaboration, and education, but some recommendations may involve amendments to community Master Plans and land use controls, such as zoning, subdivision regulations, and building codes, etc.

Copyright Matrix Design Group, 2020
This study was prepared under contract with Macomb County, Michigan with financial support from the Department of Defense Office of Local Defense Community Cooperation. The content reflects the views of the key S3 partners involved in the development of this study and does not necessarily reflect the views of the Office of Local Defense Community Cooperation.