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Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune and Marine Corps Air Station New River, North Carolina

The communities of Onslow County are working together with Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune and Marine Corps Air Station New River for continued growth and development.

Onslow County serves as the project sponsor and grantee for the 17-month Joint Land Use Study (JLUS) surrounding Camp Lejeune Marine Corps Base (MCB) and New River Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS), which is projected for completion in December 2018. Onslow County, the City of Jacksonville; the Towns of Swansboro, North Topsail Beach, Holly Ridge, and Richlands, and representatives from MCB Camp Lejeune, MCAS New River, and State of North Carolina are participating in the study.

The JLUS is a community-driven planning process designed to promote compatible civilian development in support of military readiness and defense capabilities; protect public health, safety, welfare, and quality of life; promote the economic viability of the communities; and foster continued communication among Camp Lejeune MCB and New River MCAS and the surrounding communities to address compatibility issues.

The Onslow County JLUS planning process will identify information gaps and opportunities for cooperation among the installations and community planners, and identify appropriate forums to address concerns from both.  MCB Camp Lejeune is comprised of approximately 156,000 acres, to include 11 miles of beaches, and is located in Onslow County, near the City of Jacksonville, North Carolina.  MCB Camp Lejeune has several satellite sites, including MCAS New River, located in Onslow County, a rotary aircraft air station. The primary mission of MCB Camp Lejeune is to maintain combat ready units for expeditionary deployments. 

The Onslow County JLUS is designed to examine the following compatible use issues at both locations:

  • Planned civilian residential development adjacent to the GSRTA that can impact vehicle track training.
  • Nearby cell phone towers, which pose frequency impedance and/or interference with military operations.
  • Wind energy development near MCAS New River that can impact rotary operations.
  • Ongoing noise concerns to the east of MCB Camp Lejeune that can adversely impact artillery training.

The following deliverables are anticipated from the study effort:

  • Final JLUS Report
  • JLUS Implementation Plan
  • Public Participation Plan, to include an interactive website to inform surrounding communities of the JLUS study area and areas of concern regarding incompatible uses that may have a negative impact on the training mission.

Point of Contact:

Benjamin Warren

Planning and Development Director

Onslow County

(910) 989-3085

Program: Compatible Use

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