FAMPO Update

Joel Strickland, Executive Director of FAMPO, met with RLUAC at its quarterly meeting held on November 19th to describe what a Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) does.  He explained that a MPO is a transportation policy making body composed of representatives from local government and transportation agencies with authority and responsibility in metropolitan planning.  They have five core responsibilities including:  1) to establish and manage fair and impartial regional decision making, 2) identify and evaluate alternative transportation improvement options, 3) prepare and maintain a Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP), 4) develop a Transportation Improvement Plan (TIP), and 5) involve the public.  MPO’s are federally mandated and funded.  Federal-Aid highway funding requires a local match.  The Fayetteville Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (FAMPO) qualifies as a Transportation Management Area (TMA), which is a metropolitan area with a population of 200,000 or more people.  MPO’s are intended to ensure that existing and future transportation expenditure are based on a continuing, cooperative, and comprehensive planning process.  FAMPO includes a Citizen Advisory Committee, a Technical Coordinating Committee, and a Transportation Policy Board.  Strickland displayed several examples of transportation projects that have been approved and are under construction in the Fayetteville Region.  They include segments of I-295, the Rowan Street Bridge in downtown Fayetteville and the Cape Fear River Trail. For more information please review the attached PowerPoint presentation.

North Carolina’s New Department of Military and Veterans Affairs

At the RLUAC Quarterly Meeting held on November 19th, General (RET) Paul Dordal, North Carolina Military Affairs Commission, explained that the new North Carolina Department of Military and Veterans Affairs was created by the North Carolina General Assembly to include all military and veterans issues. General (RET) Cornell Wilson has been appointed by the Governor to serve as the Department’s first Secretary. The Department currently has two Divisions: a) the Division of Veterans Affairs which is headed by Deputy Secretary Ilario Pantano and b) the Division of Military Affairs, which is still awaiting a Deputy Secretary appointment. The new Department now contains the pre-existing Veterans’ Affairs Commission, the Governor’s Jobs for Veterans Committee, and the North Carolina Military Affairs Commission. Key duties of the new Department include providing a) an active outreach to the U.S. Department of Defense and Department of Homeland Security and their associated establishments in North Carolina and b) to enhance the State’s military friendly environment. For more details, please see the attached PowerPoint presentation.

Fort Bragg's Annual Construction Update

At the RLUAC quarterly meeting held on May 21st, Greg Bean, Director of Fort Bragg’s Directorate of Public Works (DPW), noted that for more than a decade now Fort Bragg has been in the midst of its biggest construction boom since World War II.  For the past thirty years it has been averaging over $188 million in construction per year.  Although slowing, there is still a lot of money currently being spent on new construction at the Fort.  

Before describing the construction projects planned and currently underway, Bean gave some interesting Fort Bragg facts – it has a land area of 162,816 acres and 52.2 million square feet of buildings as of 2014.

Bean explained that projects currently underway on the fort total $666 million – this includes major projects at the Old Division Area (demolishing the remaining World War II buildings), a new Corps Command & Control facility in the Main Post area, a new elementary school in Linden Oaks, and major new construction projects at the JFK Warfare Center, the USASOC area, and Patriot’s Point (the old ammunition supply point).  There are several major projects involving renovations at the Womack Army Hospital  and development of the National Intrepid Center of Excellence.  AAFES is also doing major new construction work at the Airborne Mini Mall and Airborne Gruber Mini Mall.  

Finally, Bean highlighted the ongoing efforts to extend future I-295 to and beyond the All American Freeway.

For more detailed information, please view the  PowerPoint presentation.

Upcoming Events - New Meeting Time!

Quarterly Membership Meeting:

August 19, 2021

10:00 am (New Meeting Time)

Spring Lake Family Resource Center - 103 Laketree Blvd, Spring Lake, NC 28390