PlanIt EAST is eastern North Carolina’s voluntary comprehensive regional forum to address growth and community issues that cross county and municipal boundaries. It is built on the foundation of work completed by the North Carolina’s Eastern Region and the Regional Growth Management Plan prepared by its Military Growth Task Force. That plan concluded that 90% of the growth issues for eastern North Carolina required a comprehensive regional response.
This regional forum fosters communication, coordination, and collaboration among public, private and nonprofit leaders from Carteret, Craven, Duplin, Jones, Lenoir, Onslow, Pamlico, Pender and Wayne counties through its 42 delegates. These representatives include elected officials, business, community and military leaders, farmers and foresters, developers and environmental/conservation group leaders from across the region’s nine counties. Please explore our interactive regional map below to identify the 2011-12 PlanIt EAST delegates representing each member county.
PlanIt EAST is a private-public partnership headed by North Carolina’s Eastern Region with additional funding from the Department of Defense (Office of Economic Adjustment), the State of North Carolina, North Carolina's Eastern Region, each of our nine member counties and several private donors.
The current work program for PlanIt EAST is focused on six key issues: water resources, open space, transportation, affordable housing, renewable energy and sustaining military readiness. We are also preparing for EnvisionEast- 2050, a planned community visioning exercise designed to discuss, analyze and develop alternative growth scenarios for our region through the year 2050. Where will the projected hundreds of thousands of new residents live, work and play? How can we preserve and enhance the quality of eastern North Carolina’s natural, man-made, economic, and social environment for the next generations? These are among the many questions PlanIt EAST’s delegates and community leaders will address in the months and years to come.
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