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Donald Belk, AICP Regional Planner. Achieving Triple Green: Setting a Course Towards Sustainable Communities . October 5, 2011. NC Planning Conference Planning Works in a Changing Economy. Setting A Course Towards Sustainable Communities.

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achieving triple green setting a course towards sustainable communities

Donald Belk, AICP

Regional Planner

Achieving Triple Green: Setting a Course Towards Sustainable Communities

October 5, 2011

NC Planning Conference

Planning Works in a Changing Economy

setting a course towards sustainable communities
Setting A Course Towards Sustainable Communities

The Green Growth Toolbox is a remarkable accomplishment and the right thing to do -

But…

Nature Friendly Planning

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Setting A Course Towards Sustainable Communities

…How can we begin to change the ‘mindset’ of local government?

Steer long-range planning/capital investment decision-making

Change the policy environment so that ‘green’ becomes the norm

setting a course federal and state sustainability initiatives
Setting A Course: Federal and State Sustainability Initiatives

Federal Policies Show Promise…

Sustainable Communities Partnership

NCDOT Complete Streets

Sustainable Communities Task Force

Sustainable Local Food Advisory Council

NC DEM Irisk.nc.gov

NC Working Lands Group

State Initiatives in the Right Direction…

setting a course planners as agents of change
Setting A Course: Planners as Agents of Change

Local Governments are the ‘Change Agents’

Planners Can Facilitate Change By:

Promoting P3 (Public/Private Partnerships)

Bringing equity in stakeholder involvement

Working across boundaries

Cultivating ‘communities of practice’

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Setting A Course Towards Sustainable Communities

National Perspectives - Local Actions

Sustainability from a national defense perspective

Protecting military installations from growth-related encroachment (major factor in BRAC decisions)

Most bases in southeastern US are located in ecologically sensitive areas

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Sandhills Ecoregion

Fall Line Region

Populated Places

Federal Lands

Installation

State

County

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SandhillsEcoregion

Fall Line Region

Populated Places

Federal Lands

Installation

State

County

Map courtesy of Elisabeth Jenicek,

USACE, CERL Laboratory

beginnings of sustainability
Beginnings of Sustainability
  • A decade ago, Fort Bragg faced many challenges that threatened to compromise its military mission:
  • Encroaching urban development
  • Endangered Species Act
  • Aging infrastructure
  • SOLUTION: Incorporate sustainable concepts into comprehensive strategic planning.
  • Fort Bragg is considered the first Army installation to publicly set goals toward sustainability

The endangered red cockaded woodpecker has threatened training exercises on Fort Bragg

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North Carolina’s Military Region

Fort Bragg Regional Alliance

Eastern NC Military Growth Task Force

Federally-owned Lands

NC

State-owned Lands

setting a course the military and agriculture in eastern nc
Setting A Course: The Military and Agriculture in Eastern NC

Economic Future of Eastern NC tied to Growth of Defense Industry

Uniting NC’s two largest industries – Agriculture and the Military

‘Food and Fuel for the Forces’

Emphasis on protecting working lands

New opportunities for rural landowners

Maintaining working lands beneath military air space affects over half of NC counties

setting a course toward sustainable communities
Setting A Course Toward Sustainable Communities

Fort Bragg Regional Alliance – Long-Range Planning for Sustainability

Sustainable Sandhills Land Use Suitability Model

‘Center-Corridor-Wedge Model (Regional Planning 101)

Recommended Actions from BRAC Growth Plan

land use suitability model
Land Use Suitability Model

Sanford

Lillington

Low suitability, all types

Dunn

Farmland only

Erwin

Forest only

Natural only

Southern Pines

Industrial only

Spring Lake

Commercial only

Residential only

Pinehurst

Fayetteville

Farmland w/natural or forests

Development types competing

Aberdeen

Natural/development competing

Eastover

Natural value & forests

Raeford

Hope Mills

center corridor wedge model
‘Center-Corridor-Wedge’ Model

Urban

Sanford

Lillington

Dunn

Rural

Erwin

Southern Pines

Spring Lake

Pinehurst

Fayetteville

Aberdeen

Eastover

Raeford

Hope Mills

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Setting A Course Toward Sustainable Communities

Recommended Actions from BRAC Growth Plan:

Working Lands Plans (11 counties)

Building Capacity for Regional GIS

Infrastructure Integration Plan/Template

Regional Water Infrastructure Model

Cost of Land Use Fiscal Impact Analysis

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Setting A Course Toward Sustainable Communities

Sustainable Growth Management Strategy

Regional Green Infrastructure Element

Market Assessment

INDEX Modeling for Growth Scenarios

Existing Conditions & Build-Out Scenarios

Delineation of Sustainability ‘Nodes’

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Fort Bragg - Sustainability in the Sandhills of

North Carolina

Preserving Our Resources Today to Secure Our Legacy Tomorrow

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Setting A Course Toward Sustainable Communities

The Army Leads the Way….

Compatible Land Use & Land Reclamation

LEED Silver – Integration, New & Existing

Waste Reduction & Green Procurement

Green Energy: Geothermal, Solar, Biomass

Hybrid Mass Transit Shuttle System

LID, New Urbanist, & Conservation Design

thank you

THANK YOU!

October 5, 2011

THANK YOU!

www.braggalliance.com