2003 CPEO Military List Archive

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Date: 17 Sep 2003 15:25:10 -0000
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Subject: [CPEO-MEF] Input urged on land plan
North Carolina
Input urged on land plan
By Amneris Solano
September 17, 2003

OLIVIA - State and county officials on Tuesday encouraged input from
residents regarding a plan to protect Fort Bragg from private

More than 50 people attended a meeting about the plan at Benhaven
Elementary School. The school is off N.C. 87.

Commissioner Tim McNeill, who represents western Harnett County,
scheduled the meeting so that residents could learn more about the Fort
Bragg/Pope Air Force Base Regional Land Use Plan. Representatives from
Fort Bragg and the N.C. Department of Commerce presented the plan and
answered questions.

"This topic has generated a lot of interest good, bad and otherwise,"
McNeill said.

The plan includes recommendations that call for restrictions on growth
around military installations. The goal of the plan is to protect
residents from noise and training on military land. Protecting the
red-cockaded woodpecker, which is endangered, is also part of the plan.

"The process is not over," said Jim Dougherty, a planner for the N.C.
Department of Commerce. "These recommendations as they are are not going

Officials also addressed issues concerning a plan by Fort Bragg to build
more than 1,000 houses in Harnett County near N.C. 87.

The houses on the post near Spout Springs are part of the Residential
Communities Initiative. Col. Al T. Aycock, garrison commander of Fort
Bragg, said the land-use plan should not affect the housing project. He
said the military will conduct environmental studies and hear public
comments prior to construction.

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