Sunny Point Joint Land Use Study Public Meeting July 30th In Carolina Beach

The Cape Fear Council of Governments (CFCOG) is preparing a Joint Land Use Study (JLUS) in conjunction with Military Ocean Terminal Sunny Point (MOTSU) and area local governments including the Towns of Carolina Beach, Kure Beach, New Hanover County and others. A public meeting will be held on July 30th, at the Carolina Beach Town Hall as part of that land-use planning process. The Cape Fear Council of Governments (CFCOG) is preparing a Joint Land Use Study (JLUS) in conjunction with Military Ocean Terminal Sunny Point (MOTSU) and area local governments including the Towns of Carolina Beach, Kure Beach, New Hanover County and others. A public meeting will be held on July 30th, at the Carolina Beach Town Hall as part of that land-use planning process.

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By / Local News / Tuesday, 10 July 2018 02:00

By WILLARD KILLOUGH III
Managing Editor

PLEASURE ISLAND - The U.S. Army operates a facility called the Military Ocean Terminal at Sunny Point (MOTSU) on the west side of the Cape Fear River and they are currently working with neighboring local governments regarding land use in the area.

The terminal is one of two large volume deep-water ammunition terminals in the continental United States. Operations take place on the other side of the Cape Fear River in Brunswick County and the "buffer zone" occupies a large portion of Pleasure Island encompassing land in both Carolina Beach and Kure Beach on  the riverside of the Island.

According to Allen Serkin, Project Manager for the Cape Fear Council of Governments (CFCOG) they are preparing a Joint Land Use Study (JLUS) in conjunction with MOTSU and local governments including Brunswick County, New Hanover County, and the municipalities of, Boiling Spring Lakes, Carolina Beach, Kure Beach, Leland, and Southport.

Serkin recently explained, "The purpose of the JLUS is to identify potential land use conflicts around the military installation and the railroad corridor between MOTSU and Leland that might impede the long-term sustainability of its operations. The study will include recommendations for MOTSU and the local government partners to consider implementing in order to mitigate any land use conflicts that are identified, improve communication between the installation and local governments, and identify other ways in which MOTSU and its local partners can work collaboratively on issues of mutual interest."

On Monday July 30th, the JLUS study partners will be kicking-off the public involvement portion of the JLUS process with meetings in Southport and Carolina Beach. The public is invited to attend one of the meetings to learn more about the study and hear a presentation from MOTSU officials and the consulting team that is preparing the JLUS. Please note that the presentation will be given twice (starting times listed below) during the course of each meeting and so attendees are welcome to drop-in at any time that is convenient for them.

The Project’s primary goals are (1) to protect and preserve the military- and defense-related operational capabilities of Military Ocean Terminal Sunny Point (MOTSU), the nation’s and world’s largest military terminal; (2) to support continued and safe growth and economic development of MOTSU’s neighboring communities; (3) to enhance communication and collaboration between military commanders and local officials; and (4) to establish policies and procedures for managing compatible land uses adjacent to and encroaching on MOTSU.

The Carolina Beach meeting  will be held July 30th from 5:00pm to 7:30pm with presentation times at 5:15pm and 6:30pm at Carolina Beach Town Hall, 1121 N. Lake Park Blvd.

Another meeting will be held the same day in Southport in Brunswick County from 1pm to 3:30pm with presentation times at 1:15pm and 2:30pm at the Southport Community Building, 223 E. Bay Street, Southport, NC 28461.

For more information, contact Allen Serkin, Project Manager via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by calling 910-395-4553.

More information can be found at the Cape Fear Council of Governments website at http://capefearcog.org/sunnypoint/

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