- Published: 09 December 2016 09 December 2016
RLUAC Celebrates Its 25th Anniversary and Launches a New Fort Bragg JLUS
On Thursday, November 17th, RLUAC celebrated its 25th Anniversary with the recognition of past and present leaders, a review of its major accomplishments, an address by retired Maj. General Al Aycock, and the kick-off of its new Department of Defense sponsored Joint Land Use Study.
Gen. Aycock, who once served as Fort Bragg’s Garrison Commander, praised RLUAC’s 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 missions 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.
Jim Dougherty, RLUAC’s Executive Director, highlighted a number of major RLUAC accomplishments that included the successful conduct of three Joint Land Use Studies, a Light Pollution Study, a Telecom Tower Study, creation a major GIS database (that is available for use by the general public), changes to the NC Real Estate Commission’s “Real Estate Disclosure Statement” (requiring the identification of military impacts), genesis of the “All American Trail” proposal (currently 21 miles long), identification of 30,000 acres of land surrounding Fort Bragg that required protection from development, and the review of over 1,000 local government rezoning, subdivision and telecom tower proposals for compatibility with the fort.
Jason Epley, President of Benchmark Planning and project team leader, officially launched RLUAC’s new Joint Land Use Study and introduced other members of the study team. He also outlined the scope and major elements of the study.
In additional business, RLUAC approved a Board of Directors’ recommendation to renew the terms of the current officers for an additional two years. The reelected officers include Town of Wagram’s Robert McLaughlin, Chairman; City of Raeford’s John K. McNeill, Vice Chairman, and Harnett County’s Mark Locklear, Secretary.
- Published: 30 August 2016 30 August 2016
At the quarterly RLUAC meeting held on August 18th, Monica Stevenson, Director of Fort Bragg’s Directorate of Public Works (DPW) explained that Fort Bragg currently has 162,816 acres of property. In terms of the built environment, it has grown from 23 million square feet in 1985 to 52.3 million square feet in 2015. Throughout the past thirty-one years construction expenditures have averaged $185 million per year, yielding a net growth of 29.3 million square feet of building space. With all the growth at Fort Bragg, Monica said that it is by far the largest army installation in the US. The next largest army posts are Joint Base Lewis-McChord with 40.3 million square feet of buildings and a population of 52,737 and Fort Hood with 37.9 million square feet of building space and a population of 60,846 people.
The total value of Fort Bragg projects currently under construction is $546.1 million. The major projects under construction include the USACAPOC Head Quarters, two new Elementary Schools, the JFK Special Warfare Center, several new buildings at Patriot Point, and completion of facilities at Camp Mackall for the Gray Eagle UAV.
Monica shared that construction money allocated to Fort Bragg through FY 2020 is expected to experience a significant decline.