Eastern North Carolina Planning Group to Sunset in 2013
North Carolina’s Eastern Region Military Growth Task Force, a planning group created in 2008 to respond to the growth of nearly 17,000 personnel at a handful of military bases, will shut down in early 2013, the Daily News reported.
The task force was intended to be temporary and a regional framework should be in place by its target closure date, said Executive Director Mark Sutherland. Now, the task force is developing a planning summit for the nine counties it represents. One topic will be addressing the outstanding recommendations made by the task force, including many included in its 860-page regional growth plan issued in 2009.
One key outcome of the growth plan was showing that regional authorities needed to collaborate to help eastern North Carolina cope with the problems associated with rapid growth, Sutherland noted.
The task force was established following BRAC and the Growth the Force initiative, which added service members to Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, and the Marine Corps Air Stations at New River and Cherry Point.