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Military Ocean Terminal Sunny Point , North Carolina

Cape Fear Council of Governments and the Military Ocean Terminal Sunny Point plan for civilian growth that is compatible with world’s largest military terminal.

The Cape Fear Council of Governments (CFCOG), a regional planning body in the State of North Carolina, is serving as the project sponsor and grantee for the 22-month Joint Land Use Study (JLUS) for the region surrounding Military Ocean Terminal Sunny Point (MOTSU).  It is projected for completion in May 2019.  Brunswick and New Hanover Counties; Cities of Boiling Spring Lakes and Southport; Towns of Carolina Beach, Kure Beach and Leland; and other affected stakeholders are participating in the study. 

The JLUS represents a community-driven planning process among MOTSU and the surrounding communities to promote compatible civilian development in support of military readiness and defense capabilities; protect public health, safety, general welfare, and quality of life; promote the economic viability of the communities; and foster continued communication among MOTSU and the surrounding communities to address compatibility issues.

MOTSU is the largest military terminal in the world.  The terminal is the key ammunition shipping point on the Atlantic Coast for the Department of Defense (DoD) and the Army's primary east coast deep-water port and is located in one of the fastest growing regions in North Carolina.  MOTSU’s main operations are located in Brunswick County, which has grown 15 percent from April 2010 to July 2015.  MOTSU’s boundaries cross the county line into New Hanover County where a portion of the blast zone abuts the growing ocean-front communities of Carolina Beach and Kure Beach, as well as State-owned lands containing significant tourist attractions like the Carolina Beach State Park, Ft. Fisher Aquarium, Ft. Fisher State Historic Site, Ft. Fisher State Recreation Area, and the Ft. Fisher-Southport Ferry.

Civilian encroachment concerns could result in placing constraints on the Net Explosive Weight capability of MOTSU.  These capabilities are required to support worldwide DoD mission requirements. Compatible use issues include:

  • Requests from the Town of Carolina Beach, Town of Kure Beach, and City of Southport to expand their public services infrastructure into the existing explosive blast buffer zone.
  • The lack of an established process for coordinating private developer construction projects in Brunswick County that could encroach upon the existing explosive blast buffer zone.

The following deliverables are anticipated from the study effort:

  • Joint Land Use Study final report to identify compatibility issues and recommended actions to address or mitigate the encroachment issues at MOTSU;
  • Compilation of relevant geographic information system (GIS) data to assist in future encroachment management; and
  • Communication manual to promote the installation and communities’ enduring post-project communications.

Point of Contact:

Allen Serkin

Local Government Services Director

Cape Fear Council of Governments

(910) 395-4553

Program: Compatible Use

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