Fort Bragg Construction Update - August 18, 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.

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.

On August 23rd the JLUS Selection Committee selected Benchmark Planning to conduct the study.

Sustainable Resource Management for Climate Resilient Communities

Alba Polonkey, Sustainability Manager for Sustainable Sandhills, presented information gained from the just completed ten month planning process conducted by Sustainable Sandhills regarding climate change and sustainability issues at the RLUAC quarterly meeting held on February 18th. The objectives of the study were to develop a climate adaptation plan, promote climate resilience through sustainable resource management, and to spark action by both local governments and the general public.  She concluded her presentation with a list of actions, included within the strategic plan, to help mitigate the growing climate change threats. Specific recommendations include: 1) integrate climate resilience into all planning and natural area conservation efforts, 2) protect future water quality and quantity, 3) provide assistance and support for vulnerable populations, 4) shift development patterns to sustainable community design, green buildings, and renewable energy supply, and 5) establish and maintain a monitoring, evaluation and adaptive management process.  For the entire PowerPoint please go to the “Meetings” tab at the top of the page and open the presentations.

Upcoming Events

RLUAC Quarterly Meeting

Date: Thursday May 16, 2024

Time: 10:30 am

Location: Fort Liberty Traning and Education Center  (4520 Knox St, Fort Liberty, NC 28307)