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Fort Bragg, North Carolina

Program: Compatible Use

Fort Bragg, North Carolina

Fort Bragg and Counties in North Carolina collaborate to understand the needs of the army installation and how civilian growth can impact the military mission.

The Mid-Carolina Council of Governments (COG) is serving as the project sponsor and grantee for the 24-month Joint Land Use Study (JLUS), in partnership with the Counties of Cumberland, Hoke, Scotland, Richmond, Moore and Harnett, to understand and examine compatible use issues for the region surrounding Fort Bragg.  The study area comprises a five-mile radius around the fort.

The JLUS represents a community driven planning process among Fort Bragg and the communities surrounding it to promote compatible civilian development in support of military readiness and defense capabilities; protect public health, safety, general welfare, and quality of life; promote the economic viability of the communities; and foster continued communication among Fort Bragg and the surrounding communities.  The JLUS planning process benefits the military installations and their supporting communities by identifying existing and future land use conflicts, and where mitigation strategies, ordinances, and future planning may counter possible civilian development that may impair continued military operations

Fort Bragg has the largest military population of any U.S. Army post with over 145,000 soldiers and dependents, and is comprised of 162,000 acres.  The JLUS was recommended because the fort is concerned about the need to protect the military airspace requirements for the newly stationed Gray Eagle Unmanned Aerial Vehicle unit.  Due to extensive adjacent urban development in nearby towns, the initial proposed Gray Eagle bed down site could not be utilized. 

Fort Bragg is also concerned about other compatiblity issues that may affect its ability to train on land and in the air, such as:  Red cockaded woodpecker foraging areas, location of existing telecom towers and solar farms, urban growth, security, protection of water supply, and cultural resources. 

The deliverables anticipated from the study effort include:

  • A Joint Land Use Study final report to identify compatibility issues and recommended actions to address or mitigate issues at Fort Bragg.
  • An Existing Conditions Summary Report that highlights the development changes since the completion of the 2008 Fort Bragg Growth Management Plan, which included recommendations to support installation growth and guide compatible community development.
  • Update to the GIS Internet Mapping Application that allows customers to spatially view critical planning information such as municipal boundaries, tax map parcels, water bodies, infrastructure data, and zoning information.
  • Update the existing Regional Land Use Advisory Commission and Mid-Carolina COG websites dedicated to promoting land use compatibility in communities surrounding Fort Bragg.

Point of Contact:

James Dougherty

Executive Director

Regional Land Use Advisory Commission

(910) 583-1233

Program: Compatible Use

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