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Camp Butner

Military Mission

The Camp Butner Training Site (CBTS) encompasses approximately 4,880 acres located four miles northwest of the town of Butner, North Carolina and within the counties of Granville and Durham. Camp Butner serves as the primary field training site for the North Carolina National Guard, recording more than 22,000 man-days training annually. Camp Butner provides small arms ranges and training facilities year round, supporting the North Carolina National Guard mission by facilitating the training of soldiers, airmen, Department of Defense (DoD) agencies, and civil authorities. Training facilities include small arms weapon ranges, a multipurpose machine gun range, a land navigation course, and an engagement skills training center. A multitude of other functions in support of unit training also exist at the site.

Joint Land Use Study Planning Process

The population of Granville and Durham counties is expected to double by 2030. Incompatible residential and commercial development from increased property sales near the eastern boundary of the base and the Interstate 85 corridor is likely to have a negative impact on the training mission. In September 2006, the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army (Installations and Housing) nominated the CBTS for a joint land use study (JLUS). The following entities took part in the JLUS planning process: the Town of Butner, the Town of Stem, Durham County, Granville County, the Kerr-Tar Council of Governments, North Carolina State University, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, the North Carolina National Guard, and representatives from the CBTS. The participating entities formed a JLUS Policy Committee, which was responsible for managing the study process. The JLUS Policy Committee completed and adopted the final study in May 2009. The study resulted in 23 recommendations focused on the areas of policy, planning and zoning, coordination and communication, and outreach.

Implementation Strategy

A key recommendation from the study was the formulation of a JLUS Implementation Committee in order to monitor the implementation of the recommendations by the study participants. Key implementation actions to date include the following:

Community Actions

  • Require 50 foot undisturbed buffer for private land subdivision when adjacent to training site;
  • Notify all zoning permit applicants within one-half mile of the training site of the existence of the National Guard training site;
  • Notify Camp Butner Commanding Officer of any major subdivision proposed within one mile of training site; and
  • Notify Camp Butner Commanding Officer of proposed rezoning within 5 miles of training site.

Military Installation Actions

  • Limit small arms firing to 8 a.m. – 10 p.m.;
  • Maximize coordination of night firing;
  • Publish periodic local newspaper articles;
  • Notify the town of Butner, Durham County and Granville County of pending construction and large operations;
  • Establish noise monitoring stations; and
  • Participate in JLUS implementation group meetings.

Community Website: www.kerrtarcog.org/landuse

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