Addressing City Challenges

The future of Jacksonville was the topic at city hall Thursday morning.

The discussion is called "Forum Onslow." It's a way for the public, as well as city leaders, to learn and talk about challenges the city is facing and how to create successful growth.

Future land use, utility expansions and police and fire departments were on the agenda. One of the challenges, Camp Lejeune's plan to hire 400 civilian officers next year, which could threaten the Jacksonville police department.

City manager Kristoff Bauer also talked about the population growth in Jacksonville. Right now the population is hovering around 75,000. He expects that number to sit at 100,000 by 2025.

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