Landscape Master Plan
A. Introduction

A01. Purpose

Welcome to the Landscape Master Plan for Tyndall Air Force Base (AFB), the Installation of the Future. This plan provides a road map to an innovative and reimagined Tyndall AFB. The Installation of the Future optimizes mission readiness while being sustainable, resilient, and equipped with self-monitoring analysis and reporting technology (SMART). 

As demonstrated in the Landscape Master Plan Framework presented in
Section B01, Tyndall AFB has been reimagined to be mission ready, sustainable, resilient to flooding and wind speed, and smart in terms of technology. The base workforce and families will also enjoy a more walkable and bike-friendly community. 

A02. Background

To realize its goal of becoming the Installation of the Future, Tyndall AFB is constructing more than 100 new buildings, repairing existing buildings, and improving infrastructure throughout the base. The new buildings include replacing damaged facilities and developing new facilities to support the future F-35 mission. Totaling more than 2 million square feet, the new construction will include hangars, maintenance facilities, administrative offices, operations support, dormitories, a chapel, temporary lodging, and recreational community facilities. This Landscape Master Plan provides guidance and plans for the accompanying paths, landscapes, coordinated parking, utilities, stormwater management, site furnishings, signage, and lighting. These features underscore the base’s goal to deploy sustainable, resilient, and smart solutions throughout the installation. 

For planning purposes, Tyndall AFB is divided into seven planning districts based on their mission and function, as shown on Exhibit A-1.  Although the guidance in this plan is applicable to the entire base, its primary focus is on the ongoing construction efforts the in Flightline and Support Districts.

A03. Vision

A vision statement guides decision-making based on an institution’s mission. The vision for Tyndall AFB is to be the Air Force’s Installation of the Future.

To achieve a vison, goals must be articulated to define positive progress toward that vision. The objective of the base reconstruction is to redevelop Tyndall AFB to be more resilient and sustainable, as well as to incorporate SMART systems. The rebuilding effort incorporates planning and design goals that:

  • Support mission readiness 
  • Facilitate resilient, sustainable, and SMART solutions
  • Address storm surge and high wind probability 
  • Consolidate development to use land efficiently
  • Create an approachable, accessible, and safe campus-like base community

A04. Authority

The Landscape Master Plan aligns with the U.S. Department of Defense’s Unified Facilities Criteria (UFC) program, which streamlines the system-wide planning, design, construction, sustainment, restoration, and modernization criteria across all military and defense agencies. The plan’s guidelines also follow the Air Force Corporate Facilities Standards (AFCFS), an enterprise-wide facility program for quality and performance standards.

The Landscape Master Plan guidelines were developed during the post- Hurricane Michael update of the Tyndall AFB Installation Facilities Standards (IFS), the local-level facilities guide. The IFS is a comprehensive, base-specific tool that replaces, consolidates, and simplifies existing facilities standards documents, such as the Architectural Compatibility Plan, and organizes information using the same structure, or Table of Contents, as presented on the AFCFS website. The IFS is a component of the base’s overall Installation Development Plan (IDP). The updated IFS addresses other important design and construction standards that directly impact Tyndall AFB, including design flood elevation and wind load requirements. 

This document is intended for use by the designers/contractors working on Tyndall AFB, as well as the base staff guiding and reviewing their work. All designers/contractors have a responsibility to be familiar and compliant with the overarching UFC and AFCFS requirements while designing to the local IFS and IDP requirements for the Installation of the Future.

In addition to the design details in the Landscape Master Plan, designers/contractors must follow the “Tyndall AFB Design Wind Speeds and Building Envelope Protection” memorandum (HQ USAF/A4C, 27 Aug 2019) and the “Tyndall AFB Design Flood Elevation (DFE)” memorandum (HQ USAF/A4C, 05 June 2019).

A05. How to Use this Section

Tyndall AFB has a clear vision of its future as a premier resilient, sustainable, and smart installation. This vision includes the ability to withstand disruptions and bounce back quickly to ensure mission continuity and success. It also strives toward sustainability, both in terms of lowering costs and preserving the environment. It must also be smart, deploying advanced technology.

Realizing these visionary goals requires holistic planning that weaves location and spatial analytics into the planning process so Air Force and Tyndall AFB leaders have the required information to make more informed decisions and allow these tools to live on to help consultant firms as they come on board to construct improvements.

This Landscape Master Plan supplements the IFS and should be used as a companion resource for additional detail in the implementation of the required base facilities criteria. This plan includes three additional sections, each organized to provide the appropriate level and scale of guidance, as follows.


Landscape Master Plan Framework. Based on Tyndall AFB’s overarching vision and goals, Section B describes the key base-wide planning methodologies and guidance to achieve this plan’s comprehensive vision for the base. Section B introduces specific elements of the framework and presents them graphically. Those elements are further detailed in Section C.

Section Sub-Section Link

Landscape Master
Plan Framework

  • B01.1     Key Planning Principles
  • B01.2     Framework Plan

Integrated Mobility

  • B02.1     Mobility Framework Goals
    & Objectives for the Installation of the Future
  • B02.2     Mobility Planning Approach: Principle Guidance
    for Reconstruction Planning and Design
  • B02.3     Planning Approach
  • B02.4     Framework Plan
  • B02.5     Framework Plan Analysis

Coordinated Parking

  • B03.1     Goals
  • B03.2     Planning Approach
  • B03.3     Key Planning Strategies
  • B03.4     Benefits of Coordinated Parking

Integrated Land

  • B04.1     Introduction
  • B04.2     Planning Approach
  • B04.3     Components of an Integrated
    Land Management Approach
  • B04.4     Categorization of Ecosystems
  • B04.5     Landscape Community Zones
  • B04.6     Integrated Land Management Framework
  • B04.7     Benefits and Advantages

Coastal Zone

  • B05.1     Introduction
  • B05.2     Planning Approach
  • B05.3     Boundary Definition Approach
  • B05.4     Extent of Landscape Master Plan Improvements
  • B05.5     Future Coastal Projects Integration

Building on the planning framework, this section provides supplemental guidance regarding site development design criteria and coordination that is specific to the intent of this plan. The organization of this section is consistent with the IFS and provides the user with details on background for approach, context, priorities, typologies, and elements for the subject areas. The nine site development sections include user-friendly criteria worksheets to use in design development.

Section Sub-Section Link

Site Design

  • C01.1     Introduction
  • C01.2     Design Objectives
  • C01.3     Site Design Criteria (SDC) – Overview
  • C01.4     Approach
  • C01.5     Plan Typologies
  • C01.6     Treatments for Specific Areas


  • C02.1     Introduction
  • C02.2     Design Objectives
  • C02.3     Design Approach
  • C02.4     Utility Typologies Criteria

Parking Areas

  • C03.1     Introduction
  • C03.2     Design Objectives
  • C03.3     Design Approach and Criteria
  • C03.4     Design Criteria


  • C04.1     Introduction
  • C04.2     Design Objectives
  • C04.3     Design Approach
  • C04.4     Design Typologies
  • C04.5     Stormwater Typology Criteria
  • C04.6     Design Criteria for Stormwater Elements

Sidewalks, Pathways,
and Trails

  • C05.1     Introduction
  • C05.2     Design Objectives
  • C05.3     Design Approach
  • C05.4     Plan Typologies
  • C05.5     Plan Elements
  • C05.6     Plan Elements – Coastal Zone


  • C06.1     Introduction
  • C06.2     Design Objectives
  • C06.3     Design Approach
  • C06.4     Design Typologies & Criteria
  • C06.5     Treatments For Specific Areas

Site Furnishings

  • C07.1     Introduction
  • C07.2     Design Objectives
  • C07.3     Design Approach
  • C07.4     Design Criteria
  • C07.5     Site Furnishing Element Criteria

Pedestrian Signage Plan

  • C08.1     Introduction
  • C08.2     Design Objectives
  • C08.3     Design Approach
  • C08.4     Pedestrian Signage Typologies
  • C08.5     Design Elements
  • C08.6     Level 1 Pedestrian Signage Design Elements
  • C08.7     Level 2 Pedestrian Signage Design Elements
  • C08.8     Coastal Zone Pedestrian Signage Design Typology
  • C08.9     Coastal Zone Pedestrian Signage Design Elements
  • C08.10     Pedestrian Signage Framework Plan


  • C09.1     Introduction
  • C09.2     Design Objectives
  • C09.3     Design Approach
  • C09.4     Design Typologies
  • C09.5     Lighting Typologies Criteria
  • C09.6     Lighting Elements – Luminaire Specifications
  • C09.7     Lighting Elements – Control Specifications

Section C provides worksheets for each of the nine site development areas for designers/contractors to review and use prior to completing the Compliance Checklist for submittal. The worksheets describe and illustrate the various typologies to be used in the site designs and include specific applicable criteria. Designers/contractors are encouraged to use the checkbox worksheets as a communication tool among their teams and with Tyndall AFB staff. The worksheets include supplemental site development criteria and do not represent all requirements. Each designer/contractor is expected to meet the general criteria listed in Section A06.


To provide guidance for maintaining the intent of this plan after construction is complete, this section describes the required long-term maintenance practices for the hardscape and softscape zones and elements.

Section Sub-Section Link

Maintenance Approach

  • D01.1     Purpose
  • D01.2     Guideline Alignment
  • D01.3     Sustainable Landscape Initiative
  • D01.4     Growth and Future Development
  • D01.5     Landscape Image & Character

- Authority

  • D02.1     Air Force Standards
  • D02.2     Department of Defense Standards
  • D02.3     Tyndall AFB Standards
  • D02.4     Florida Marine Turtle Protection Act Requirements
  • D02.5     Antiterrorism Landscape Guidance
  • D02.6     Additional Resources
  • D02.7     Regulated Landscape Maintenance Activities

Land Planning


Zone Description

  • D04.1     Manicured Zone
  • D04.2     Maintained Zone
  • D04.3     Managed Zone
  • D04.4     Airfield Zone
  • D04.5     Coastal Zone


  • D05.1     Softscape & Turf Areas
  • D05.2     Pesticide Application
  • D05.3     Trees, Shrubs, Perennials, Groundcovers, Ornamental Grasses
  • D05.4     Planting Soil

Maintenance of
Specific Areas

  • D06.1     Streetscape Corridors
  • D06.2     Medians
  • D06.3     Parking Area Islands
  • D06.4     Roundabouts
  • D06.5     Other

Maintenance Activities

  • D07.1     Porous Pavement
  • D07.2     Pressure Washing Concrete or Other Solid Pavers
  • D07.3     Asphalt and Concrete Pavement Maintenance and Repair
  • D07.4     Security Fences and Gates
  • D07.5     Site Furnishings

of Specific Areas

  • D08.1     Stormwater Structure
  • D08.2     Swales/Rain Gardens/Open Channels
  • D08.3     Inlet Filter
  • D08.4     Wetlands


  • D09.1     Equipment List
  • D09.2     Maintaining Tools and Equipment
  • D09.3     Quality Control
  • D09.4     Extra Work
  • D09.5     Emergency Work
  • D09.6     Program Management
  • D09.7     Maintenance Program Schedule
  • D09.8     Sample Maintenance Report Log

Compliance Checklist. A Compliance Checklist accompanies this Landscape Mater Plan to provide the designer/contractor and Tyndall AFB with a comprehensive tool to demonstrate compliance with the required criteria. The user-friendly Excel-based checklist enables designers/contractors to indicate compliance with general and specific criteria outlined in this plan, and for base personnel to acknowledge acceptance or concurrence. The Compliance Checklist, which is provided as an appendix to the IFS, is required to be completed for each project.

A06. General Criteria

The general criteria listed below represent overarching guidance that much be considered for each project on Tyndall AFB. In many instances, designers/contractors must coordinate with others to determine which requirements must be met for the individual project.

    Yes  No
  •                   GC 1.      Comply with Architectural Barriers Act (ABA) Standards, including updated provisions for outdoor developed areas.
  •                   GC 2.      Comply with antiterrorism requirements and standoff distances, as directed in UFC 4-010-01, DoD Minimum Antiterrorism Standards for Buildings.
  •                   GC 3.      Comply with the detailed design requirements for road safety and traffic control specified in the Federal Highway Administration’s Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) and the Surface Deployment and Distribution Command, Transportation Engineering Agency’s (SDDCTEA’s) Department of Defense Supplement to the National Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices for Streets and Highways.
  •                   GC 4.      Comply with applicable UFC and Air Force Instructions (AFIs).
  •                   GC 5.      Comply with AFCFS requirements.
  •                   GC 6.      Comply with the Tyndall AFB IFS.
  •                   GC 7.      Coordinate with Tyndall AFB 325th Civil Engineer Squadron for specific requirements of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Bird/Wildlife Aircraft Strike Hazard (BASH) Team, environmental regulations, and maintenance guidelines.
  •                   GC 8.      Coordinate with Tyndall AFB Security Forces.
  •                   GC 9.      Comply with required state and local codes and ordinances.
  •                   GC 10.      Comply with the specific requirements outlined in Sections B and C of the Tyndall AFB Landscape Master Plan.