Regional Land Use Advisory Commission – Update on Ft. Bragg Land Use Plan

On May 18, the quarterly meeting of the Regional Land Use Advisory Commission (RLUAC) was held.  Benchmark consultants presented an update on the Fort Bragg Joint Land Use Study. Below are some of the topics related to the real estate industry. The next quarterly RLUAC meeting will be held August 17 @ 11:30 – Spring Lake Family Resource Center (103 Lake Tree Boulevard).

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  • Largest U.S. military installation with approximately 53,700 troops and another 14,000 civilians.  It supports a population of roughly 260,000, including military families, contractors, retirees and others.
  • Approximately 500 square miles, 163,000 acres (146,000 acres dedicated to training).

Fort Bragg Challenges/Constraints

  • Constrained amount of land for training
  • Loss of use of training area because of protected natural resources
  • Noise abatement needs because of population build-up, that potentially limits available range locations for larger weapons systems

Environmental Research – Known threatened and endangered species at Fort Bragg

  • Red-cockaded woodpecker
  • Michaux’s Sumac
  • Rough-leaved loosestrife
  • American chaffseed
  • American burying beetle
  • Saint Francis Satyr
  • Northern long-eared bat

Areas of Potential Conflict for Fort Bragg:

  • Limits on clearing forest for new training areas on Bragg
  • Development within 1/2 mile of installation border limits controlled burning by Fort Bragg

Community Concerns/Impacts

  • Urban and suburban development is pushing protected species onto the installation and Carvers Creek State Park
  • Increased level of clearing trees for new developments in the Southern Pines area
  • Widening of NC-211 and potential growth may limit movement and genetic exchange of the eastern and western populations
  • Sand mining for construction projects displaces forested areas

Planning & Development (background)

  • Within five (5) miles of boundary of military base, jurisdictions must notify commander of proposed – (changes to zoning map, changes affecting permitted uses of land, changes regarding telecome towers or windmills, changes to proposed new major subdivision preliminary plat)
  • 50% increases in approved subdivision size

Joint Land Use Study Process (What’s Next)

  • Identify land development patterns
  • Identify areas of compatibility/incompatibility
  • Identify future conditions
  • Present Compatibility Analysis
  • Present Interim Findings (September/October 2017)





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Published by Angie Hedgepeth

Angie Hedgepeth, Government Affairs Director for the Association, attends all the local meetings each month, as well as NAR and NCAR meetings, and keeps members abreast of the multiple issues being addressed in local, state and national government. She prepares reports on the meetings she attends and they are included in the weekly "Government Affairs Update".