Topsail Beach Town Manager making moves to Oak Island

OAK ISLAND, NC (via WECT) - The current town manager of Topsail Beach will soon become the next town manager of Oak Island. Tim Holloman has been working in his current role in Pender county since June of 2010.   READ MORE

New Hanover County and City of Wilmington to Hold Joint Meeting

On March 11 New Hanover County and the City of Wilmington will hold a joint meeting.  This meeting is to display the Comprehensive Plan Growth Strategies Maps.  The meeting will be held at the New Hanover County Executive Development Center from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm.  The public is invited to drop in and see the

Kure Beach considering rental regulations. (Unfortunately, they aren’t permitted in NC)

Kure Beach to consider cracking down on vacation rentals (VIA WECT) Kure Beach will consider cracking down on vacation rentals. The Kure Beach Planning and Zoning Commission will hold a special meeting at Town Hall on March 4 to receive public input on a proposed “Vacation Rentals” ordinance. Planning Commission Chairman Craig Galbreith said the

N.C. Appeals Court says state must pay landowners, takes shot at Map Act

You may recall BASE addressing the Corridor Map Act during the 2011 General Assembly via SB214. This bill limited the amount of time that land could be encumbered by the Map Act and was signed by the governor as SL2011-242. Recently, the NC Court of Appeals took up the issue as well. From the Winston-Salem

City launches new map gallery

The City of Wilmington has launched a new program that provides user-friendly map-based information from the city’s website. Citizens can quickly and easily access information from six interactive maps.   Read more

School calendar debate likely to wait until after summer break

RALEIGH, N.C. — Wake County is among dozens of school districts pushing lawmakers to roll back a decade-old calendar law that keeps school officials from beginning the academic year before Aug. 25, but progress on any such bill is likely to be slow this year, if it comes at all. Read more

Congressional hearing: Impacts of the Proposed Waters of the United States Rule on State and Local Governments

This morning at 10 AM is a joint hearing of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure and the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works. You can watch online at the link below. http://transportation.house.gov/calendar/eventsingle.aspx?EventID=398554   Panel I  The Honorable Gina McCarthy, Administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency The Honorable Jo-Ellen Darcy, Assistant Secretary of the Army,

New Hanover County: Planning Public Meetings on Future Land Use Map & Place Types

New Hanover County has released the DRAFT Future Land Use Plan Map and is in the process of holding public meetings to discuss. According to the County: “While the Future Land Use Map is not legally binding, it is intended to be a general representation of the vision of New Hanover County for the next

Editorial – Costly loophole for homeowners

If freshman Sen. Michael Lee makes good on his stated intent to fix a state law that allows insurance companies to shake down homeowners for higher rates than the state allows, he’ll secure a legion of fans in the Cape Fear region. Folks near the coast already pay generally higher rates than their inland counterparts.

NC bill would give more flexibility from school calendar law

Another battle is looming between the tourism industry and educators over giving North Carolina school systems more flexibility on when to start and end the school year. One of the first bills filed Wednesday in the General Assembly, House Bill 9, would restore the ability of the State Board of Education to give local school