Mr. Donald R. Belk, AICP Regional Planner, BRAC Regional

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					Building Sustainable Communities for the 21st
Century


            Mr. Donald R. Belk, AICP
  Regional Planner, BRAC Regional Task Force
                 Fort Bragg, NC




                      August 12-14, 2008
            Doubletree Guest Suites, Charleston, SC
The Fort Bragg Region – Central
Southeastern North Carolina
Eleven Counties

   Bladen
   Cumberland
   Harnett
   Hoke
   Lee
   Montgomery
   Moore
   Richmond
   Robeson
   Sampson
   Scotland
Background – BRAC Impacts on Region

      Relocation of US Army Forces Command and Army
      Reserve Command
      $2.2 Billion in new Military Construction by 2011
      ~40,000 People by 2012
       Background – BRAC Impacts
      ~$6 Billion in Additional Investment through 2015
      Catalyst for Sustainable Economic Development
      Transformation of Region’s Workforce & Economy
      Improvements to Region’s Education Systems
Regional Planning for Sustainable Development


     Align with sustainable economic development
     goals:
        Enhance job skills of communities surrounding
        installations
          Regional Planning
        Produce local products and commodities
        Assist local communities in sustainable land and
        resource use and economic development planning
        Sustain national defense resources
The Regional Imperative
Fayetteville, NC
Sandhills Ecoregion
Fall Line Region
Populated Places
Federal Lands
Installation Sandhills Ecoregion
             Fall Line Region
State        Populated Places
County       Federal Lands
              Installation
              State
              County




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                                   Map courtesy of Elisabeth Jenicek,
                                   USACE, CERL Laboratory
Regional Planning for Sustainable Development



    Emerging Themes in Planning for Sustainable Development

       Good Urban Design results in healthy, vibrant communities
       Integrated Infrastructure and Capital Improvements Planning
       Integrated Transportation Planning
       Linking Urban Sustainability & Rural Economic Development
Regional Planning for Sustainable Development

                                  Prototype for Regional Planning
                                  based on Land Suitability Model
                                        “Center-Corridor-Wedge”




         Regional Planning Model                              Urban




                                                              Rural
Regional Planning for Sustainable Development

                                        Prototype for Regional
                                        Planning based on Land
                                        Suitability Model
                                        (Robeson County)
                                                  Urban

         Regional Planning Model


                                                  Rural
Regional Planning for Sustainable Development


                                           Prototype for Regional
                                           Planning based on Land
                                           Suitability Model
                                           (Lee County)

                                                Urban

         Regional Planning Model


                                                Rural
Regional Planning for Sustainable Development


                                              Prototype for Regional
                                              Planning based on Land
                                              Suitability Model
                                              (Moore County)

                                                   Urban

         Regional Planning Model


                                                   Rural

                                 Fort Bragg
Regional Planning for Sustainable Development
Regional Planning for Sustainable Development
Regional Planning for Sustainable Development


   Key Recommendations

      Align regional, state and federal planning, environmental, and
      long range sustainability programs
      Focus working lands protection efforts on ‘critical areas’
      identified in the Joint Land Use Study
      Integrate land suitability model into regional land planning
      Build collaboration among Counties and Municipalities and
      provide enhanced training for planning board members
      Promote community involvement in land planning
Agriculture in Regional Land Planning –
Keys to Sustainability

   The Role of Agriculture in
   Regional Planning
      Land Resource Base for
      Sustainable Growth
      Integrating Green
      Infrastructure
      Provision Fort Bragg, Cities
      and Towns
      Key to Achieving ‘Compatible
      Use’ Goals
      Infrastructure for Sustainable
      Agriculture, including
      Biofuels, will create
      entrepreneurial energy
Agriculture in Regional Land
Planning – Keys to Sustainability
  Goals of BRAC RTF Working Lands Protection Initiatives
   Strengthen region’s                          Link agriculture to new
   agricultural economy by                      technologies (biofuels,
   opening new markets for                      cellulose derivatives) to
   local producers, including                   expand opportunities for
   Fort Bragg, urban centers,                   the next generation of
   & biofuel facilities                         farmers



                           Help preserve the
                           region’s cultural
                           heritage of family
                           farms and rural
                           entrepreneurship
Agriculture in Regional Land
Planning – Keys to Sustainability
  Goals of BRAC RTF Working Lands Protection Initiatives
                       Position producers to succeed in
                       the emerging ‘buy local’
                       environment, including growth in
                       organic food markets and carbon
                       offsets as a tradable agricultural
                       commodity


                                                            Preserve Working
                                                            Lands near Fort Bragg
                                                            (Compatible Use for
  Help protect North
                                                            Mission Sustainment)
  Carolina’s ‘Green
  Infrastructure’
         about
It’s allBRAC RTF Hiring Status
food…….