North Carolina is host to several military installations and facilities for all branches of the Armed Forces – Air Force, Army, Navy, Marine Corps, National Guard, and Coast Guard. Defense accounts for more than $66 billion in annual economic impact, making this industry sector the second largest in the state. In addition to its significant annual economic impact, the defense sector employs more than 416,000 either as military personnel or defense contractors.

Though the Department of Defense (DOD) contributes significant monetary value and human capital to North Carolina, the military footprint associated with operations necessary to ensuring global mission readiness covers a vast majority of the state’s geography – approximately 85 percent. These areas are where military operations can impact the civilian community and where incompatible community development can impact military operations. To protect and enhance the state’s defense industry, it is necessary to consider military and community compatibility.

The JLUS analyzed common compatibility issues across North Carolina military installations to develop goals and recommendations that can be implemented to accomplish statewide objectives identified in the existing strategic plan. A thorough review and evaluation of these common compatibility issues and recommendations was conducted from planning documents prepared for military installations across the state, including other JLUSs. The primary common compatibility issues identified and evaluated in the JLUS were categorized into the following areas:

  • Need for enabling state legislation
  • Enhanced formal communication and coordination
  • Improved information sharing and mapping tools
  • Promotion of compatible land use planning
  • Need for funding sources and mechanisms

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