In 1973, the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) established the Air Installation Compatible Use Zones (AICUZ) program to promote community growth which is compatible with present and future military installation operations. The program examines existing land uses, growth projections and recommends compatible growth patterns based on noise contours and accident potential zones from current and projected aircraft activities for that facility. Because the recommendations from the AICUZ studies are not binding on communities and may not be included in local planning activities, some communities and installations have begun to work together to develop a Joint Land Use Study (JLUS) to help resolve the conflict that may occur between the base's mission objectives and local community growth patterns. The Eastern Carolina Joint Land Use Study (ECJLUS) is a result of communities in eastern North Carolina coming together to work with Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Cherry Point to establish land use guidelines and development regulations for the properties within the AICUZ footprint affected by MCAS Cherry Point, Marine Corps Auxiliary Landing Field Bogue and Marine Corps Outlying Landing Field Atlantic. Craven County, Carteret County, the City of Havelock and the Towns of Emerald Isle and Bogue, as well as the State of North Carolina, jointly created the ECJLUS.