In late 2007 Fort Bragg entered into a contractual agreement with RLUAC to review and make recommendations concerning the appropriateness of zoning changes proposed for property located within five miles of its boundaries. In addition to reviewing the proposed zoning changes, RLUAC has also encouraged the local governments to submit for review plans for new subdivisions and telecom towers.
Fort Bragg's contract with RLUAC stems from a 2004 mandate by the North Carolina General Assembly (Session Law 2004-75 -- NCGS Chapter 153A-323 & 160A-364) that requires local governments to notify the commanders of military bases regarding any proposed zoning changes within five miles of the fort's boundaries.
With the ability of RLUAC to access detailed property parcel information from its extensive Geographic Information System (GIS) database, it is possible for it to suggest whether the affected property is most suitable for "urban development", "low-density urban development", or that it is "important to conserve" and "critically important to conserve" due to negative military impacts or environmental concerns.
The GIS database is currently available, at no cost, for anyone interested in learning more about the best uses of property located anywhere within the eleven counties surrounding Fort Bragg. The address for this website is www.sandhillsgis.com.
Since initiating the land use review service at the beginning of 2008, RLUAC has reviewed and made recommendations concerning more than 560 cases.