Land use study aims to preserve Sunny Point, railroad corridor – State Port Pilot

Cape Fear Council of Governments is preparing a Joint Land Use Study in conjunction with Military Ocean Terminal Sunny Point.

It will identify potential land use conflicts around the installation and the Army’s railroad corridor from Sunny Point to Leland that might impede the long-term sustainability of its operational mission.

Other participants in the study are New Hanover County, Brunswick County and the municipal governments of Boiling Spring Lakes, Carolina Beach, Kure Beach, Leland and Southport.

The second public meeting on the topic was held Tuesday afternoon at Boiling Spring Lakes City Hall. The first was held in Southport in July.

Vagn Hansen II, planner with Benchmark Planning, led the presentation, which lasted nearly an hour. A final round of public meetings will occur in April and May, at conclusion of the study.

COG notes that MOTSU is the largest military terminal in the world. It is the key ammunition shipping point on the Atlantic Coast and the Army’s primary east coast deep-water port.

It is one of a handful of Department of Defense terminals equipped to handle containerized ammunition.

It serves as a transfer point between rail, trucks and ships for the import and export of weapons, ammunition, explosives and military equipment for United States Army The 596th Transportation Brigade operates the terminal.

“Ammunition is only temporarily staged on the installation,” Hansen said. “It is not stored at Sunny Point.”

Col. Heather Carlisle, commander of the 596th Transportation Brigade and MOTSU, was among those present at the meeting.

“Our goal today with the (JLUS) process is that we want to protect and preserve those existing operational capabilities because they can’t be replicated elsewhere,” she said.

“We’re not trying to grow. We’re not trying to get more land. We want to preserve what we already have. And,

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