Eastern North Carolina is well known for its bountiful farmlands, beautiful beaches, and southern hospitality. It is comprised of a mix of cities, small towns and crossroad communities with stretches of farmland and forests in between. A lesser known attribute of eastern North Carolina is that it is poised to become one of the fastest growing regions on the East Coast of the United States following the expected completion of the region’s two "Super Highways," US 17 and US 70, in 2030. Future development accompanying these actions will provide new markets and opportunities and potentially lead to the loss of the region’s traditional agricultural, forestry and military-based economy.
PlanIt EAST, eastern North Carolina’s first regional planning forum, represents the hopes, ambitions, and commitment of citizens in Carteret, Craven, Duplin, Jones, Lenoir, Onslow, Pamlico, Pender and Wayne counties to encourage thoughtful dialogue among regional leaders about the consequences, both positive and negative, of these transportation improvements. Without it, the assimilation of growth will be largely "by chance" rather than "by choice” and the existing challenges of the nine-county region will only be exacerbated.
Please explore our interactive regional map above to identify the 2011-12 PlanIt EAST delegates for each member county. These representatives, including city and county planners, military leaders, developers, environmentalists, conservationists, and agricultural leaders, bring a depth of experience and knowledge to the table. Together, we can ensure that our region maintains the charm of today while fostering the innovation and infrastructure for tomorrow.
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