Voting Members Present: Kathy Blake, (Proxy for Pam Graham), Aberdeen; Tad Davis, Spring Lake; Roland Hall, Sampson County; Tracy Jackson (Proxy for Charles Evans), Cumberland County; Mark Locklear, Harnett County (Secretary); Robert McLaughlin, Wagram (Chairman); & John K. McNeill, Raeford (Vice Chairman);
Voting Members Absent: Patsy Carson, Erwin; Tony Buzzard, Lillington; Bob Davis, Scotland County; Edwin Deaver, Hope Mills; Debra Ensminger, Moore County; Robert Farrell (Proxy for Harry Southerland), Hoke County; Kris Kosem, Vass; Dixon Ivey, Jr, Robeson County; Ted Mohn, Fayetteville; Kim Nazarzik, Eastover; Charles Nichols, Laurinburg; Bart Nuckols, Southern Pines; Tracy Parris, Richmond County; & Kevin Reed, Pinehurst.
Additional Board of Directors Present: Jim Caldwell, Mid Carolina COG; Mike Lynch, At Large; Susan Miller, USF&WS; Glen Prillaman, Fort Bragg;
Non-Voting Members Present: Jim Dougherty, Executive Director RLUAC; Eloise Sahlstrom, Fayetteville;
Guests Present: Alba Polonkey, Sustainable Sandhills; Greg Bean, Drew Brooks, Fayetteville Observer; Kacy Cook, NC Wildlife Resources Commission; Gabriela Garrison, NC Wildlife Resources Commission; Angie Hedgepeth, Fayetteville Region Association of Realtors; David Kennedy, OEA; Barry Hull, Fort Bragg; Julia Love, Fort Bragg ; Tami Lovell, Mid Carolina COG; Justin Mitchell, Ft Bragg Garrison Command Group; Linda Pfau, Fort Bragg; Mike Rutan, Mid-Carolina RPO; &
I. CALL TO ORDER – Chairman Robert McLaughlin called the meeting to order at 12:00 PM. He then asked the voting members, non-voting members, and guests to introduce themselves.
II. INVOCATION – RLUAC Vice Chair John K. McNeill offered the invocation for the meeting.
III. PRESENTATION– “Department of Defense, Office of Economic Adjustment, Joint Land Use Study Program”, David Kennedy, Program Manager, Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA) – Kennedy explained that Joint Land Use Studies call for local government collaboration with the military installation – not with OEA. The purpose of OEA is traditionally has been to assist communities that are negatively impacted by Department of Defense actions. They assist communities that have experienced large military reductions. However, they also provide money and direction for Joint Land Use Studies -- to protect the military training mission from urban encroachment. Kennedy suggested that one of the most important legacies of a JLUS is the long-term collaboration efforts it fosters between the base and the surrounding local communities. OEA provides technical and financial assistance. In this case the grant will be provided to Mid Carolina COG (the project sponsor) and be run by RLUAC (the project manager). Mid Carolina has also agreed to meet the 10% local match through the in-kind contribution of its staff. This project will include the opportunity for much public input. The most important aspect of a JLUS is its active implementation. OEA’s role is to confirm the need for the JLUS based on identifiable encroachment issues. Kennedy said that there is enough urban encroachment surrounding Fort Bragg to justify this study. The end result of the project will be a list of implementation recommendations for Fort Bragg and the surrounding local governments to implement.
IV. PRESENTATION – “Proposed New ‘Fort Bragg Joint Land Use Study’ Components”, Jim Dougherty, Executive Director, Regional Land Use Advisory Commission (RLUAC) – Dougherty explained that RLUAC has been involved in three previous successful Joint Land Use Study processes (JLUS) – The first one was completed in 1991 and was the first joint Army & Air Force JLUS. The second one was completed in 2003. It included a major environmental component, set up the GIS database, and won a state-wide award from the NC APA for best regional planning project. The third was completed in 2008 and updated all the data in the 2003 study as part of the 2005 BRAC process.
This process began last August with the submission of a JLUS nomination by Fort Bragg. The installation was chosen to submit an application late last year. Beginning in January, Glen Prillaman, Jim Caldwell, the Fort Bragg Garrison Commander, OEA’s David Kennedy, the RLUAC Board of Directors and I have been working on this application. The final submission was just made this past Friday, May 13th. We are anticipating the formal award announcement sometime next week.
The study itself is expected to take twenty-four months. The RLUAC Board of Directors will be the overseeing body and the full Commission will be involved with regular presentations and updates by the consultants. The requested amount of the grant is $500,000. Mid Carolina Council of Governments is to be the official grant recipient and will administer the grant funds. The study area for the project includes a five-mile boundary around Fort Bragg and Camp Mackall – including portions of Cumberland, Hoke, Scotland, Richmond, Moore, and Harnett Counties.
Components of the study include the following items:
a) Revision of the GIS database
b) Documentation of the extent of new urban development that has occurred within the 5 mile area since 2005
c) Documentation of the extent of forest loss within the 5 mile area since 2005
d) Inventory/document/update the location of telecom towers and military aircraft flight corridors
e) Identify climate change issues affecting the fort and region’s infrastructure
f) Identify areas of greatest rist for incompatible urban development with the post’s training areas
g) Identify the location of solar farms and determine the extent of negative impact on military aircraft flight training
h) Identify potential threats to the quantity and quality of the Fort Bragg region’s water supply
i) Identify and protect military airspace needs for the Gray Eagle UAV
The study itself will be organized into five separate phases. They include:
a) Project initiation and administration – 3 months in duration (approximately 13.8% of the project)
b) Review and Research Phase – 9 months in duration (approximately 41% of the study)
c) Compatibility and Development Potential Analysis 5 months in duration (approximately 22.7% of the effort
d) Preparation of the JLUS report 4 months (18.2% of the project)
e) Implementation Plan - 1 month (4.5% of the study)
V. BUSINESS ITEMS
- Minutes – Mike Lynch made a motion to approve the minutes for the Quarterly meeting held on February 18th, 2016 and Tad Davis seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.
- Financial Report – McLaughlin reported that RLUAC had a cash balance of
$ 25,526.70 on March 31,2016. There were no receipts in April. Expenditures for the month totaled $ 2,841.84. That left a cash balance of $ 22,684.86 on April 30th . Roland Hall made a motion to approve the financial report and Mike Lynch seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.
- Local Government Dues for FY 2016-17 – Mike Lynch made a motion to approve the proposed RLUAC Local Dues Structure for FY 2016-17 and Mark Locklear seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.
- RLUAC Budget for FY 2016-17 - Roland Hall made a motion to approve the proposed RLUAC Budget for FY 2016-17 and Mark Locklear seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.
- Appointment of Greg Bean to the Board of Directors – John K. McNeill made a motion to approve the appointment of Greg Bean to the RLUAC Board of Directors and Tad Davis seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.
VI. EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR REPORT - Jim Dougherty
- Land Use Reviews - Dougherty reported that he and the Board reviewed 31 land use cases during the January through March quarter. They are as follows:
- 7 cases for Cumberland County
- 16 cases for Fayetteville
- 4 cases for Harnett County
- 1 case for Moore County
- 3 cases for Southern Pines
- Other Activities for the Quarter – Dougherty reported that he had also been involved with the following administrative activities:
- Worked with OEA, Fort Bragg, and Mid Carolina Council of Government Officials to refine and revise the draft Joint Land Use Study application. Submitted it electronically five separate times.
- Prepared draft RLUAC Local Government Dues Structure and Budget for FY 2016-17.
- Met with the RLUAC Board of Directors on April 20th
VII. ADJOURN - There being no further business, McLaughlin adjourned the meeting at 12:55 PM.