AUGUST 16, 2018

Voting Members Present:

Jessie Belflowers, Hope Mills; Daniel Kelly, Hoffman; Roland Hall, Sampson County; Chris Kennedy, Southern Pines; Tracy Jackson, Cumberland County; Mark Locklear, Harnett County (Secretary); Jeff Sanborn, Pinehurst;

Voting Members Absent:

Bob Davis, Scotland County; Tony Buzzard, Lillington; Patsy Carson, Erwin; Pam Graham, Aberdeen; Kris Kosem, Vass; Dixon Ivey, Jr, Robeson County; Mike Mandville, Laurinburg; Robert McLaughlin, Wagram (Chairman); Kim Nazarzik, Eastover; Tracy Parris, Richmond County; Daniel Geralds, Spring Lake; and Michelle Lexo, Whispering Pines; Harry Southerland, Hoke County; Theresa Thompson (Proxy for Debra Ensminger), Moore County; Additional Board of Directors Present: Mike Lynch, 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; Glenda Dye, Mid-Carolina COG; Pete Edmonds, Fort Bragg; Craig Harmon, Fayetteville; Robert Johnson, NC Department of Military and Veterans Affairs; Grace Lawrence, NC Department of Commerce; Col. Reed, Fort Bragg Guests Present: Drew Brooks, Fayetteville Observer; Ana Cashillo, Sandhills Conservation Partnership; Jason Epley, Benchmark Planning; Wendy Harris, Fay Regional Association of Realtors;; Jeff Marcus, TNC; Elton Turner; & Mrs Turner; Robert VanGeans, FCEDC; Eric Vitale, FAMPO; Reporter, The Pilot

I. CALL TO ORDER – Secretary Mark Locklear called the meeting to order at 12:00 noon. He then asked the attendees to introduce themselves.

II.  INVOCATION – No invocation was offered for the meeting.

III. PRESENTATION – “Highlights and Summary of the Completed “draft” Joint Land Use Study” – Jason Epley, Benchmark Planning – Epley reviewed the JLUS schedule, relating that all the work has been completed on the study except for the final round of presentations in each of the participating counties (September and October). Final project deliverables will be prepared in October, with a printed copy of the JLUS provided to each jurisdiction and key partners at the November RLUAC meeting. A digital copy will also be available on flash drives for those wanting to download the study. Project closeout is in December of this year. Epley reviewed highlights of the twenty-four month JLUS process and discussed the key findings. He observed that the region’s population will continue to grow through the 2030’s. As a result there is a continuing need to protect the Longleaf Pine Ecosystem from urban development. There are also a number of changes in the military training mission at Fort Bragg. The Army has shifted training from counterinsurgency training to a Decisive Action Training Environment (DATE). This will lead to an increase in combined arms live-fire maneuver training. There is also a greater use of Small Unmanned Aerial Systems (SUAS) and Tactical Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (TUAV). Epley explained that the JLUS recommendations address four areas: Regional Coordination, Compatible Growth, Environmental Aspects, and Fort Bragg Final steps for the JLUS include: endorsement by the RLUAC Board of Directors, posting of the final JLUS on the RLUAC website and emailing to members, final round of presentations in each of the participating counties, and the preparation and submission of an implementation grant request by RLUAC and Mid-Carolina for submission to OEA. . ACTION: Information

IV. PRESENTATION – “Status of Land Protecction Efforts in the Area Surrounding Fort Bragg and Camp Mackall” – Jeffrey Marcus, The Nature Conservancy – Marcus explained that the North Carolina Conservation Partnership (NCSCP) grew out of conflict over the Red Cockaded Woodpecker and has grown into a collaboration of organizations that include the US Fish and Wildlife Service, TNC, the NC Forest Service, the US Department of the Army, the US Army Environmental Center, the Sandhills Area Land Trust, the NC Wildlife Commission, and the Sandhills Ecological Institute. The NCSCP has been working for over twenty years to look out for natural resources and military training interests and provide scientific information on rare species and habitats in the Sandhills. It is involved with habitat management, including controlled burning (approximately 75,000 acres per year). It is also engaged in land protection efforts in the areas surrounding Fort Bragg. NCSCP’s remaining challenges include protecting key land parcels, sustaining capacity for controlled burning, completing the recovery of endangered species, avoiding the need for federal listing of new endangered species, support habitats on private lands, helping avoid climate change, and avoiding incompatible development in sensitive areas around the fort. ACTION: Information

V. PRESENTATION – *Fort Bragg – RLUAC MOU” – Colonel Kyle Reed, Fort Bragg Garrison Commander – Colonel Reed offered words of support for the work that RLUAC and its member governments do on behalf of Fort Bragg. It was then announced that Fort Bragg has recently executed a renewed ten year Memorandum of Understanding with RLUAC to continue providing the service of reviewing proposed local land use changes within the five-mile boundary around Fort Bragg and Camp Mackall.  ACTION: Information


• Minutes – Jeff Sanborn made a motion to approve the minutes for the Quarterly meeting held on May 17th and Chris Kennedy seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously. ACTION: Approved

• Financial Report – Glenda Dye reported that RLUAC had a cash balance of $ 16,137.08 on April 30, 2018. Receipts for May, June & July totaled $ 9,860.49 (OEA JLUS $ 2,985.49 and $6,875.00 from dues). Expenditures for the same quarter totaled $ 9,189.48. That left a balance of $ 16,808.09 on July 31, 2018. Roland Hall made a motion to approve the financial report and Chris Kennedy seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously. ACTION: Approved

VII. ADJOURN - There being no further business, Locklear adjourned the meeting at 1:00 PM.