NOVEMBER 21, 2019

Voting Members Present: Chris Kennedy, Southern Pines; Deanna Rosario, Town of Spring Lake; Mike Lynch, At Large, (Secretary); Robert McLaughlin, Wagram; and John K McNeill, Raeford (Chairman)

Voting Members Absent: Jessie Belflowers, Hope Mills; Kathy Blake, Aberdeen; Tony Buzzard, Lillington; Bob Davis, Scotland County; Patsy Carson, Erwin; Debra Ensminger, Moore County; Roland Hall, Sampson County; Dixon Ivey, Jr, Robeson County; Tracy Jackson, Cumberland County; Daniel Kelly, Hoffman; Kris Kosem, Vass; Michelle Lexo, Pine Bluff Mark Locklear, Harnett County (Vice Chairman); Mike Mandville, Laurinburg; Tracy Parris, Richmond County; Jeff Sanborn, Pinehurst; and Harry Southerland, Hoke County.
Additional Board of Directors Present: Al Aycock, At Large; Susan Miller, USFWS; Andy Spendlove, Fort Bragg;

Non-Voting Members Present: Ronald Autry, Town of Eastover; Ken Arnold, Fort Bragg; Aaron Barns, Cumberland County; Will Best, NC Dept. of Commerce; Denise Bruce, Sustainable Sandhills; Pete Campbell, Executive Director RLUAC; Glenda Dye, Mid-Carolina COG; Pete Edmonds, Fort Bragg; Robert Farrell, Hoke County; Barry Hull, Fort Bragg; Grace Lawrence, NC Department of Commerce; Justin Mitchel, Fort Bragg; David Nash, Fayetteville; Monica Stephenson, Fort Bragg; and Theresa Thompson, Moore County.

Guests Present: Dr. Mary Lou Addor, Eastern NC Sentinel Landscape Partnership; Angie Bailey, NC Broadband Infrastructure Office; Bridget Callea, Benchmark Planning, Kacy Cook, NC Wildlife Resources Commission; Jason Epley, Benchmark Planning; Vagn Hansen, Benchmark Planning; Barry Hull, Fort Bragg; Jeff Marcus, TNC; Rawls Howard, Cumberland County Planning; and Tyson Smith, White and Smith.

I. CALL TO ORDER – Chairman John K. McNeill called the meeting to order at 12:00 noon. He then asked the attendees to introduce themselves.

II. INVOCATION – John K. McNeill offered the invocation for the meeting.

“Sentinel Landscapes” – Dr. Mary Lou Addor, Executive Director Eastern NC Sentinel Landscape Partnership – Dr Addor began her presentation by acknowledging the excellent presentation that Jim Dougherty gave at a Sentinel Landscape Program (SLP) meeting and how impressed she was when she learned about RLUAC and its mission. The SLP leverages defense, agriculture, and conservation co-benefits to sustain Multi-sector interests. The eastern NC program covers 5 Primary DOD installations, 33 counties and has 24 Core Partner Organizations. Its Goals are to: Promote compatible land uses near installation boundaries and for aviation training; Create high-quality habitat for the Federally endangered red-cockaded woodpecker outside MCB Camp Lejeune; Establish and enhance longleaf pine forests on private lands; .Encourage privately owned lands to remain in agriculture production, forestry, and wildlife habitat; Help landowners develop best-practice management plans; and Prevent the conversion of agricultural AND forested land into incompatible residential or commercial land use. In particular, the program focuses on preserving the “spaces between the bases” by assisting landowners through various programs to manage their lands and keep them in uses that are compatible with military missions. She emphasized that there is a role for local governments and communities to participate in the SLP. To learn more about the Sentinel Landscapes Program go to the national website; www.sentinellandscapes.org. The NC website is currently under construction. More details are available in Dr. Addor’s presentation which will be posted on the RLUAC website.
ACTION: Information

“Broadband in NC” – Angie Bailey, Assistant Director Broadband Infrastructure Office, NC Dept. of Information Technology – Ms. Bailey’s presentation provided an overview of the types of broadband technology being implemented in NC and various programs that local and county governments can access if interested in acquiring or expanding their communication capacity. She presented a series of maps that showed the current distribution of broadband subscriptions by county across the state. The state Broadband Office covers three sectors; Community, Policy and Programs and Tools. There is a state Broadband Plan that covers each of these areas. Executive Order 91 was Issued in March 2019 by Governor Cooper. It establishes a Task Force on connecting North Carolina, promoting expansion of access to high-speed Internet and removing barriers to broadband infrastructure installation; creates a Task Force of Cabinet agencies; will update the 2016 State Broadband Plan and prioritize recommendations and establish a Statewide Dig Once policy. Her agency has created a “Community Broadband Playbook” available online and oversees a grant program called Growing Rural Economies with Access to Technology (GREAT) with the goal “to expedite terrestrial deployment of broadband, by encouraging partnerships and competition between private broadband providers and cooperatives”. For more information go to www.ncbroadband.gov/sbp or see Ms. Bailey’s presentation on the RLUAC website.
ACTION: Information

IV. UPDATES – Joint Land Use Study Implementation Project -  Jason Epley
Benchmark Planning & Tyson Smith, White and Smith – Epley reported on the status of each of the JLUS Implementation project tasks:
Task 1: Website and Case Management /Tracking System – the Benchmark team is currently in negotiations with an IT vender, Urban Driftwood, to develop the new system and to provide a 5-year maintenance contract.

Task 2: Organizational Strategic Plan – The Membership / Stakeholder Survey has been finalized in coordination with the Board of Directors. The surveys purpose is to; Evaluate the organization’s effectiveness in the region; identify Strengths, Weaknesses and Opportunities, and Identify the greatest needs in the region. Survey link will be emailed to the membership by the Executive Director. It is available at: www.rluac.com. Survey results will be used to prepare an Evaluation / Organizational Assessment to aid in developing a 5-year strategic plan.

Task 3: Scotland County Zoning GIS – Benchmark has partnered with the City of Laurinburg who will manage the GIS for the County. A draft of the GIS data layer is completed and staff is working on the verification process (QC). Thirty percent now verified and the project is on scheduled for completion in the first quarter of 2020.

Task 4: Comprehensive Plan/Land Use Plan Supplements – An example plan supplement draft was completed and provided to the Executive Committee for review in October. Primary production work has been completed (mapping, organization, etc.) for all jurisdictions. Full drafts will be distributed to each jurisdiction as they are completed. Coordination meetings with each jurisdiction (2 rounds) to be scheduled beginning in the first and second quarters of 2020.

Task 5: Military Land Use Compatibility Toolbox – An Ordinance draft was presented for review by the Executive Committee in October. Once finalized, tailored ordinance language will be prepared for each jurisdiction. Meetings to discuss local implementation options to be held in conjunction with coordination meetings for plan supplements.
ACTION: Information

Minutes – Mike Lynch made a motion to approve the minutes for the Quarterly meeting held on May 16, 2019 and Robert McLaughlin seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.
ACTION: Approved

Financial Report – Glenda Dye reported that RLUAC had a cash balance of
$ 12,841.63. on July 31, 2019. Receipts for August 1 through October 31 totaled $ 10,331.47. Expenditures for the same period totaled $ 9,284.68. That left a balance of $ 13,888.42 on October 31, 2019. Robert McLaughlin made a motion to approve the financial report and Mike Lynch seconded it. The motion passed unanimously.
ACTION: Approved

VII. ADJOURN - There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 1:25 PM.