13 July 2006
Site designs should ensure that construction avoids, to the maximum extent practicable,
wetlands, coastal and shoreline zones, and natural habitats when making neighborhood
improvements or executing construction projects. These projects must undergo
environmental impact analyses in compliance with the 1969 National Environmental
Policy Act (NEPA) as implemented by Council on Environmental Quality regulations
found at 40 CFR 1500-1508.
New units should not be constructed in a 100-year floodplain. New housing must be
located in compatible areas with respect to aircraft noise, as established in DODINST
4165.57 (Nov. 1977), Air Installation Compatible Use Zone (AICUZ). Military Family
Housing sites should have a maximum Day-Night Average Level (DNL) rating of 65.
These standards also apply to housing sites near heavily traveled highways or other
noise generating facilities. New Military Family Housing will not be located within any
runway Clear Zone or Accident Potential Zone (APZ I or APZ II).
Site preparation and site improvements, required exclusively for support of a housing
project, should be included in the design and be included in total project cost. Site
preparation work includes demolition of existing structures, correction of drainage
problems and unsuitable subsurface conditions, clearing, grubbing, and rough grading
as applicable. Site improvements include utility systems, roads, streets, curbs and
gutters, walks, driveways, off-street parking, recreation areas, bike and jogging paths,
lawns, landscaping, and finish grading as required to support function and livability of
Objectives of site development are to:
Plan and provide adequate infrastructure;
Use residential building blocks to create neighborhood identity;
Orient buildings and paved surfaces to optimize solar control and minimize
Strengthen the neighborhood with efficient traffic patterns for vehicles and
Create a full range of private and shared recreational facilities; and
Use sustainable landscape design to minimize impact on the environment
and reduce water consumption.