Local Military and Joint Land Use Studies

Strategic Plan for NC to support and enhance the military missions and installations unveiled

The North Carolina Department of Military and Veterans Affairs and the North Carolina Military Affairs Commission have unveiled the state’s new Strategic Plan for Supporting and Enhancing North Carolina Military Missions and Installations. The Strategic Plan builds on Governor Pat McCrory’s forward-leaning strategy to ensure North Carolina’s leadership in military preparedness for decades to come. The full report is available on the department’s website at: milvets.nc.gov  April 2016


Local Military / JLUS

Military installations are an integral part of the ECC Region, their communities and respective economies.

The following installations are located in the ECC Region:

Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Cherry Point is located in Havelock, NC (Craven County).

Marine Corps Base (MCB) Camp Lejeune is located in Jacksonville, NC (Onslow County).

Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) New River is located in Jacksonville, NC (Onslow County).

Seymour Johnson Air Force Base is located in Goldsboro, NC (Wayne County).

Coast Guard Station Fort Macon is located in Atlantic Beach, NC (Cartetet County).

The following organizations are located in the ECC Region:

Allies for Cherry Point’s Tomorrow (ACT)

North Carolina Military Foundation

North Carolina Military Business Center

Jacksonville Onslow Chamber of Commerce Military Affairs Committee (MAC)

Havelock Chamber of Commerce Military Affairs Committee (MAC)

New Bern Area Chamber of Commerce Military Alliance Board


In 2002 ECC facilitated completion of the Eastern Carolina Joint Land Use Study (ECJLUS). A Joint Land Use Study is a process where communities and military installations work together to develop common growth management strategies. Military bases are economic engines for the regions in which they exist and, consequently, are important assets. Encroachment is a problem for all military bases because of increasing incompatible civilian development near the bases. Due to the adverse effects of military operations on civilian development near military bases, such as noise and mishap potential, incompatible development can adversely impact the ability of the base to conduct its mission and therefore bring into question its future existence. Most importantly, in order to continue to protect the Nation, the military needs the ability to train and effectively conduct its missions. Five local communities in the Craven/Carteret area partnered to engage in a planning process that would protect the communities need for growth while insuring compatibility with local military base needs for training and operational space. Craven County, Carteret County, the City of Havelock, the Town of Emerald Isle and the Town of Bogue as well as MCAS Cherry Point, MCALF Bogue and the State of North Carolina were involved in the Eastern Carolina Joint Land Use Study (ECJLUS). In addition to cash and in-kind contributions from local governments and the State of North Carolina, the Department of Defense, Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA) provided some funding for the study.

This study was completed, published and presented to local governments in December 2002. The OEA considered this an exemplary study and is using it as a model for others to follow. The Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) members sought and won additional funding from the OEA to implement the study recommendations.  These were completed in 2006.  Since that time the TAC has continued to meet periodically to address issues as they arise.


MCAS Cherry Point Acoustical Design Guide Manual Voluntary Guidelines SA 2

Cherry Point Regional Joint Land Use Study Update 2016

Acoustical Design Brochure – Acoustical Brochure

In 2015 Carteret County is sponsoring an update of components of the MCAS Cherry Point JLUS. For information contact Carteret County Planning Director Gene Foxworth at eugene.foxworth@carteretcountync.gov (252)728-8498