FEBRUARY 15, 2018                         


Voting Members Present: Jessie Belflowers, Hope Mills; Kathy Blake (Proxy for Pam Graham), Aberdeen; David Nash (Proxy for ), Fayetteville. Kim Nazarzik, Eastover; Mark Locklear, Harnett County (Secretary); Robert McLaughlin, Wagram (Chairman); John K. McNeill, Raeford (Vice Chairman); Jeff Sanborn, Pinehurst; Harry Southerland, Hoke County; Theresa Thompson (Proxy for Debra Ensminger), Moore County;

Voting Members Absent: Bob Davis, Scotland County; Tony Buzzard, Lillington;  Patsy Carson, Erwin; Roland Hall, Sampson County; Kris Kosem, Vass;  Dixon Ivey, Jr, Robeson County; Chris Kennedy, Southern Pines; Mike Mandville, Laurinburg;  Tracy Parris, Richmond County;  Daniel Geralds, Spring Lake; and Michelle Lexo, Whispering Pines.

Additional Board of Directors Present:  Al Aycock, At Large, Fort Bragg;  Will Best, NC Department of Commerce;  Greg Bean, At Large; Susan Miller, US Fish & Wildlife Service; Glen Prillaman, At Large;  and Andy Spendlove, Fort Bragg .

Non-Voting Members Present: Jim Dougherty, Executive Director RLUAC;  Robert Farrell,  Hoke County; Craig Harmon, Fayetteville; Justin Mitchell, Fort Bragg; Bruce Naegelen, NC Department of Commerce;

Guests Present: Aaron Barnes, Cumberland County; Drew Brooks, Fayetteville Observer; Denise Bruce, Sustainable Sandhills; Kacy Cook , NC Wildlife Resources Commission;  Ana Costillo, Sandhills Conservation Partnership; Will Deaton, Fayetteville; Glenda Dye, Mid-Carolina COG; Hanah Ehrinreich, Sustainable Sandhills; Jason Epley, Benchmark Planning;  Josh Grandliewald, FAMPO; Vagn Hansen, Benchmark Planning; Angie Hedgepeth, Fayetteville Region Association of Realtors; Barry Hull, Fort Bragg; Christine Michaels, Greater Fayetteville Chamber; Tyson Smith, White & Smith, LLC; Joe Tew, NC Business Center; David Yow, Fort Bragg

I. CALL TO ORDER – Chairman Robert McLaughlin called the meeting to order at 11:50 am. McLaughlin then asked the attendees to introduce themselves.

II. INVOCATION – Glen Prillaman offered the invocation for the meeting.

III.   PRESENTATION – Justin Mitchell, Fort Bragg Deputy Garrison Commander –

Mitchell reported that Fort Bragg is continuing to grow.  He reported that it is in the running for a new unit that could add more than 800 additional soldiers to the already largest military installation in the US.  The new brigade has a commander and a home, but still lacks most of the soldiers that will make up the 850 person unit.  A final decision on the new unit has not yet been made.  Mitchell also reported that there are two other groups on Fort Bragg that will grow in the near future.  Finally, he mentioned that the fort will be hiring an additional twenty-six gate guards to replace active duty soldiers currently tasked with that responsibility.

ACTION: Information

IV. PRESENTATION – Fayetteville Area MPO – Regional Bike Plan – Josh Grandiead – Grandiead reported that FAMPO has begun work on a bike plan for the seven county Fayetteville region. Throughout the Spring, public meetings will be held to solicit suggestions and input.

ACTION: Information

V. PRESENTATION –  Joint    Land   Use Study   Updates – Jason   Epley and Vagn

Hansen,    Benchmark    Planning   Consultants – Epley reported that the requested JLUS project extension has been approved by the DOD’s Office of Economic Adjustment.  He explained that the revised schedule is as follows:  March – Preparation of the draft JLUS; May 17th RLUAC meeting – Review the draft JLUS; June through August – Present the draft JLUS recommendations at six County Commissioner meetings; August 16th RLUAC meeting– Present the final JLUS and Implementation Plan; September – Mid-Carolina COG to accept the final JLUS.

Hansen presented a detailed list of the draft JLUS recommendations.  They are organized into four broad categories: Regional Coordination, Compatible Growth; Environmental; and Fort Bragg.

ACTION: Information


  • Special Recognition of Fayetteville Observer Military Editor, Drew Brooks – John K. McNeill sought the floor to recognize and thank Mr.Brooks for his excellent coverage of RLUAC meetings in the Fayetteville Observer.
  • Minutes – Kim Nazarchyk made a motion to approve the minutes for the Quarterly meeting held on November 16, 2017 and Greg Bean seconded the motion.  The motion passed unanimously.

ACTION:  Approved

  • Financial Report – Robert McLaughlin reported that RLUAC had a cash balance of $ 27,726.83 on October 31, 2017.   Receipts for November, December and January totaled $ 5,970.00. Expenditures for the same quarter totaled $ 13,393.13. That left a balance of $ 20,303.70 on January 31, 2018. Kim Nazarchyk made a motion to approve the financial report and Jeff Sanborn seconded the motion.  The motion passed unanimously.

ACTION: Approved

  • Consideration / Approval of Local Government Dues Structure for FY 2018-19 – Jeff Sanborn made a motion to approve the proposed dues structure and Mark Locklear seconded the motion.  The motion passed unanimously.

ACTION: Approved

VII.     ADJOURN - There being no further business, McLaughlin adjourned the meeting at     12:50 PM.