Open Space / Public Space

Air Force Corporate Standards

Preserve native undisturbed open space whenever possible to serve as visual and physical buffers, reduce landscape maintenance, conserve water resources, and protect natural habitat.

Use an integrated design approach to identify and define common areas for public gathering or recreational use. Provide public areas only where functionally required and appropriate for the local climate.

Provide pedestrian-oriented recreational areas, parks, ceremonial areas, and other open space systems such as greenways, corridors, and neighborhood linkages consistent with the base’s Installation Development Plan.

Inside the perimeter fence, provide architecturally compatible privacy walls as required and visually screen unsightly uses. Reflect the scale and materials of adjacent facilities following Installation Facilities Standards (IFS).


Consider and maintain open space as part of the installation’s stormwater system.


Follow DoD and AF criteria and consider open space when creating buffers and setbacks to mitigate climate related risks. Coordinate locations of required buffers between in the IDP and IFS.

In areas subject to risks from high winds or wildfire, provide adequate buffer space from trees to protect assets such as buildings, site walls and ground-mounted solar panel arrays.

UFC 2-100-01 Installation Master Planning

UFC 3-201-01 Civil Engineering

UFC 3-201-02 Landscape Architecture

UFC 3-210-10 Low Impact Development

UFC 4-010-01 DoD Minimum Antiterrorism Standards for Buildings

UFC 4-022-03 Security Fences and Gates

AFI 32-1015 Integrated Installation Planning