LUIGI’S ITALIAN RESTAURANT
NOVEMBER 17, 2016
Voting Members Present: Patsy Carson, Erwin; Thomas Cooney (Proxy for Tad Davis), Spring Lake; Roland Hall, Sampson County; Chris Kennedy, Southern Pines; Mark Locklear, Harnett County (Secretary); Mike Mandville, Laurinburg; Robert McLaughlin, Wagram (Chairman); John K. McNeill, Raeford (Vice Chairman); Kim Nazarzik, Eastover; & Scott Shufford (Proxy for Ted Mohn), Fayetteville.
Voting Members Absent: Tony Buzzard, Lillington; Bob Davis, Scotland County; Edwin Deaver, Hope Mills; Debra Ensminger, Moore County; Robert Farrell (Proxy for Harry Southerland), Hoke County; Pam Graham, Aberdeen; Tracy Jackson (Proxy for Charles Evans), Cumberland County; Kris Kosem, Vass; Dixon Ivey, Jr, Robeson County; Tracy Parris, Richmond County; & Jeff Sanborn, Pinehurst.
Additional Board of Directors Present: Greg Bean, At Large; Will Best, NC Department of Military and Veterans Affairs; Jim Caldwell, Mid Carolina COG; Mike Lynch, At Large; Susan Miller, USF&WS; & Glen Prillaman, Fort Bragg.
Non-Voting Members Present: Snow Bowden, Erwin; Jim Dougherty, Executive Director RLUAC; Justin Mitchell, Fort Bragg; David Nash, Fayetteville; Monica Stevenson, Fort Bragg;
Guests Present: Doug Allen, Marstel-Day; Gen. Al Aycock, Past Fort Bragg Garrison Commander; Drew Brooks, Fayetteville Observer; Elisa Cooper, Fort Bragg; Kelly Cousino, White & Smith LLC; Jason Epley, Benchmark Planning; Vagn Hansen, Benchmark Planning; Richard Hicks, Erwin; Phil Huber, Marstel-Day; Barry Hull, Fort Bragg; Will Linville, Benchmark Planning; Tim McNeill, Past RLUAC Chair; Alba Polonkey, Sustainable Sandhills; Linda Pfau, Fort Bragg; Linda Reimer, EPA; Tyson Smith, White & Smith LLC; & Eric Vitale, FAMPO.
I. CALL TO ORDER – Chairman Robert McLaughlin called the meeting to order at 12:02 PM. He then introduced the RLUAC guests and asked the attendees to introduce themselves and their status (Voting Member, Non-Voting Member, Board Member or other guest).
II. INVOCATION – Roland Hall offered the invocation for the meeting.
III. PRESENTATION – “RLUAC’s History and Major Accomplishments” – Jim Dougherty, Executive Director – Jim explained that RLUAC was organized in 1991 at the conclusion of the region’s first Joint Land Use Study. It wasn’t incorporated until 2004. It currently has as its members Fort Bragg, the eight surrounding counties, and thirteen municipalities. It has quarterly meetings throughout the year with attendance averaging about thirty-five people in attendance.
The purpose of RLUAC continues to be trying to balance the often conflicting needs of protecting the military training mission from incompatible urban development, the health and safety of the civilian population living near the fort, and the sustainability of the Long-leaf Pine Ecosystem – all without any regulatory authority.
Among its most important accomplishments are the successful completion of three Joint Land Use Studies, a Light Pollution Study, and a Telecom Tower Study. It proposed the development of the All American Trail, which now extends from eastern Hoke County to Southern Pines (approximately 21 miles in length). It influenced the North Carolina General Assembly to adopt legislation in 2004 (and amended in 2014) to require local governments to submit their proposed zoning changes, subdivisions, telecom towers, and windmills to military installations for review and comment. As part of the JLUS efforts, an eight county GIS database was developed for public use. RLUAC worked with the North Carolina Real Estate Commission to amend the Real Estate Disclosure Statement to include the identification of military impacts. Since the beginning of 2008 RLUAC has conducted over 1,000 reviews of proposed zoning changes, subdivisions, and telecom towers on behalf of Fort Bragg. Finally, working with its partnership organizations, over 30,000 acres of land surrounding Fort Bragg has been permanently protected.
IV. Presentation – “RLUAC’s 25 Anniversary Key Note Speaker”, Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Al Aycock – General Aycock, who once served as Fort Bragg’s Garrison Commander, praised RLUAC efforts to protect the installation’s training areas from incompatible urban development”, the safety of the surrounding civilian population, and the sustainability of the Longleaf Pine Ecosystem. Without RLUAC, Aycock said that the mission at Fort Bragg would have been threatened and possibly lost to other installations. “You protect vital military training for the first forces called to war”, he said. He added that RLUAC’s impact extends far beyond the Fort Bragg region. “RLUAC is the poster child for cooperation between military installations and their surrounding communities”, he said.
V. Presentation – “Fort Bragg Joint Land Use Study Overview” – Jason Epley, Benchmark Planning, Inc. – Jason began by introducing the JLUS Consulting Team members and their areas of responsibility for the project.
He explained that a JLUS is a Department of Defense, Office of Economic Adjustment funded project to help communities and military installations to work together in achieving compatible growth and long-term sustainment of the military training mission.
He said that the purpose and goals of a JLUS are to
Identify and mitigate barriers to the long-term sustainability of the installation’s training mission.
Promote compatibility between civilian land use and military training / operational impacts.
Strengthen coordination and communication between local governments and the installation. And,
Raise public awareness and understanding of compatible growth issues.
RLUAC’s new JLUS area includes land extending outward five miles from the Fort Bragg and Camp Mackall boundaries. Included within this area are portions of Cumberland, Harnett, Hoke, Moore, Richmond and Scotland Counties. The study will include Fort Bragg, RLUAC member governments, and RLUAC partner organizations: Mid Carolina Council of Governments; the North Carolina Department of Commerce; the NC Department of Environmental Quality; Sustainable Sandhills; The Nature Conservancy; and the US Fish and Wildlife Service.
Jason explained that the new JLUS will involve five major task areas that will be conducted over a twenty-two month time period. They include:
Task 1. Project Initiation and Administration
Task 2. Review and Research
Task 3. Land Use Compatibility Analysis
Task 4. Prepare the Draft and Final Study (expected for presentation in March 2018)
Task 5. Prepare the Implementation Plan (final plan expected for presentation June 2018)
VI. BUSINESS ITEMS
Minutes – Greg Bean made a motion to approve the minutes for the Quarterly meeting held on August 18, 2016 and John K McNeill seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.
Financial Report – McLaughlin reported that RLUAC had a cash balance of
$ 8,026.24 on September 30, 2016. Receipts for October included $ 550.00 from local government dues. Expenditures for the month totaled $ 4,942.49. That left a cash balance of $ 3,633.75 on October 31st. Mike Lynch made a motion to approve the financial report and Greg Bean seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.
Slate of Officers for 2017-18 – Robert McLaughlin, Chairman; John K. McNeill, Vice Chairman & Mark Locklear Secretary – Patsy Carson made a motion to approve the Slate of Officers and Greg Bean seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.
Nominees to be added to Board of Directors – Glen Prillaman, At Large; Jeff Sanborn, Moore County; &Andy Spendlove, Fort Bragg – Greg Bean made a motion to approve the nominees to the Board of Directors and Patsey Carson seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.
VII. ADJOURN - There being no further business, McLaughlin adjourned the meeting at 12:55 PM.