2023 Legislative and Public Policy Agenda Development Underway

Now that we know the makeup of our County Boards of Commissioners, Congress, and the North Carolina General Assembly for 2023, we can more effectively work to craft our pro-business legislative and public policy agenda for the coming year. We have begun the process of working with our advocacy partners and business members to identify

A Brief 2022 General Election Update

Now that the smoke has cleared, below is a 2022 General Election Update: North Carolina’s open US Senate seat was won by Ted Budd over Cheri Beasley While Republicans now have narrow Congressional control in the US House of Representatives, Democrats have narrow control of the US Senate, regardless of the results of the runoff

BASE Provides Letter to Census Bureau Regarding Urban Area Criteria Rulemaking

Business Alliance for a Sound Economy (BASE) is a regional business advocacy organization in southeastern North Carolina. BASE partners with organizations like the Wilmington Chamber of Commerce, Wilmington Cape Fear Home Builders Association and Brunswick County Association of REALTORS to advocate for growth and investment in southeastern North Carolina. Since Brunswick County was removed from

BASE Comments to Southport Planning Board on Short Term Rentals

At their meeting on May 20, the Southport Planning Board is set to hold a public hearing on proposed Short Term Rental Regulations. Prior to their meeting, BASE submitted the following comments:   At your meeting this evening, you are set to consider enhancements to the Southport’s Short Term Rental Ordinance. Due to specifics of

Governor Cooper Continues Lifting COVID Restrictions

On April 28, Governor Roy Cooper signed an Executive Order outlining safety measures for the month of May. Executive Order No. 209 will take effect April 30 and is set to expire June 1. As more North Carolinians get vaccinated and adhere to safety protocols over the course of the next month, the state anticipates

Wilmington Land Development Code — A Few Things to Know

In April, the City of Wilmington formally unveiled the full version of the new Land Development Code. This new Code and zoning map, based on the City’s Comprehensive Plan, will guide investment in the City over the coming decades. Due to its importance, BASE and our partners have been working over the past year+ to

First Drafts of New Hanover UDO Available

At their April meeting, the New Hanover Planning Board were presented with the first three DRAFT sections of the Unified Development Ordinance. These include the zoning districts, uses & standards and definitions. Links to these can be found below. Article II Zone Districts_2018-04-05 Public Release Draft Article III Uses & Standards_2018-04-05 Public Release Draft Article

MPO Guidance on Six Major Wilmington Interchanges

Recently both Wilmington City Council and the Wilmington MPO heard updates from NCDOT regarding a host of interchange projects as well as insight into the potential options for the extension of Independence Boulevard from Randall Parkway to MLK. For the intersections, six major grade separated interchanges were highlighted: MLK/Eastwood/Market MLK/Kerr MLK/College College/Oleander College/Carolina Beach Rd

BASE Shares in 2017 Best Governmental Affairs Initiative Award

In October, our partners at the Wilmington-Cape Fear Home Builders Association (WCFHBA) were awarded a STARS Awards from the North Carolina Home Builders Association. The STARS Awards program honors the achievements of those who make major contributions to the residential home building industry. Winners were announced at a ceremony held on October, 12th at the Charlotte

With Veto Overrides, General Assembly Creates Shoreline Fund and Stormwater/Redevelopment Relief

Governor Roy Cooper vetoed S16 in August and in September announced his veto of H56. In recent sessions, large omnibus bills like H56 and S16 have been the principal legislative vehicles—functioning by combining a number of smaller issues into a larger bill. Unfortunately, if the entire bill is vetoed, this means all the individual provisions are