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Regional Collaboration and Leadership

The Regional Land Use Advisory Commission (RLUAC) is a non-profit 501(C)3 membership based organization located in the Sandhills of North Carolina consisting of twenty units of local government: eight counties and twelve municipalities.  The twenty year old organization was the first regional group established in the country to coordinate land use decisions between the military and the local governments.  Today, the primary mission of RLUAC is to balance the following three key objectives through facilitating regional planning and development reviews, communication and coordination:

  • Protect the Civilian Population from negative military impacts;
  • Protect the Long Leaf Pine Ecosystem from destruction;and
  • Protect the Military Training Mission from incompatible development.

Fort Bragg Selected to Conduct a Joint Land Use Study

The Department of Defense has announced the award of a major planning grant to conduct a Joint Land Use Study (JLUS) in the Fort Bragg region. The purpose of the study is to assess the potential threat to the military training mission from incompatible urban growth and development that has occurred in the areas surrounding Fort Bragg and Camp Mackall since the completion of the 2005 BRAC process.

The grant was awarded to the Mid Carolina Council of Governments and will be managed through the Regional Land Use Advisory Commission (RLUAC) Board of Directors and Full Commission. The RLUAC Executive Director, Jim Dougherty, will serve as the Project Manager.

The study is expected to take twenty-four months to complete. Throughout that period the RLUAC Board of Directors, full Commission, and the selected project contractor will conduct numerous meetings with local government officials and private citizens to obtain public input.

The JLUS will focus major attention on the following issues, concerns and needs:

  • Conduct a major revision of the massive database.
  • Document the extent of new urban development that has occurred within five miles of Fort Bragg and Camp Mackall since 2005.
  • Document the extent of forest loss within the five mile boundary since 2005 and the impact on the Red Cockaded Woodpecker foraging areas.
  • Inventory the location of telecom towers and military aircraft flight corridors.
  • Identify climate change issues affecting the fort and region’s utility infrastructure.
  • Identify undeveloped areas surrounding the military installations that are of greatest risk of being developed in an incompatible manner with the military training needs.
  • Identify the location of solar farms within the region to determine whether or not they pose a potential threat to military aircraft pilots.
  • Identify potential threats to the quantity and quality of the Fort Bragg region’s public water supply.
  • Identify and protect the military airspace needs for the Army’s Gray Eagle unmanned aerial vehicles that will be housed at Camp Mackall later this year.

It is anticipated that a project contractor will be selected and work will begin on the project by early Summer.


Next Quarterly Meeting       November 17, 2016
Luigi's Itallian Restaurant
528 N McPherson Church Rd
Fayetteville, NC

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