From Greater Wilmington Business Journal: “Business Alliance Works To Broaden Its Reach”

When lawmakers return to Raleigh for the state legislature’s short session in April, Tyler Newman will be there. He’s the new president and CEO of Business Alliance for a Sound Economy (BASE), an advocacy organization founded in 2003 to encourage investment in the region. His presence when the N.C. General Assembly convenes April 25 and

New Hanover Commissioners UNANIMOUSLY Approve Special Use Permit Changes

At their meeting last night, the New Hanover County Commissioners took final action on the Special Use Permit text amendment and changes to the Table of Permitted Uses, passing them UNANIMOUSLY. Below is the joint statement from the business community coalition which requested the support of the Commissioners on this important economic development initiative. Please thank

TRUMP ISSUES EXECUTIVE ORDER ON WATERS OF THE UNITED STATES (WOTUS)

On February 28, President Trump honored a campaign promise and signed an executive order directing EPA and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to begin the process of rescinding or revising the controversial “Waters of the United States” (WOTUS) rule. (You can read his full remarks here) The executive order provides EPA and the Corps direction to rework the

Congressman Rouzer Speaks at BCAR

During the February Congressional recess, the Brunswick County Association of REALTORS held their annual legislative breakfast, which was facilitated by BASE and featured Congressman David Rouzer. Congressman Rouzer gave updates on a number of specific national issues including tax reform and health care reform. Having recently returned from a trip to the border in Texas,

Push Continues for Sustainable State Shoreline Funding

As you may have seen recently in local media (here or here), the push for statewide shoreline funding is continuing to build momentum. At this point, it is important to educate inland business groups and legislators on the statewide economic importance of beaches. The draft resolution below is one method our advocacy partners are employing

SIGNIFICANT CHANGES IN NEW ONSLOW FLOOD MAPS

Onslow County’s new preliminary flood maps are available for public review by visiting THIS LINK In the upper right corner of the screen, use the drop down menu to flip between the Effective (current) and Preliminary (new) maps. It is advisable to go to a specific property and see the impacts of the new maps.  Above

Beach Nourishment in the State Budget

With the General Assembly moving quickly toward adjournment, the main point of discussion has been the proposed budget, which had to get worked out between the House and Senate. The conference report budget is now available (full link), and contains a number of important provisions regarding transportation funding, international business recruiting, economic development, education and

Grayson Powell: New Hanover County Comprehensive Plan Stymies Economic Development

BY GRAYSON POWELL, BROKER, MANAGING PARTNER, COLDWELL BANKER COMMERCIAL SUN COAST I applaud the New Hanover County Commissioners for their stated focus on economic development and their commitment to bring new jobs to our community. But I am concerned that their recent actions in relation to the county’s new Comprehensive Plan do not align with these

Swansboro Considering 6 Month Commercial Moratorium

At their meeting on February 23, the Swansboro Board of Commissioners will be considering a 6 month development moratorium on buildings greater than 12,000 square feet. On February 2, 2016, the Swansboro Planning Board unanimously recommended a moratorium be considered by the Board of Commissioners on developments over 25 residential units and buildings proposed at

“Enhanced” Stormwater Rules Heading to Public Hearing

NC Department of Energy, Mineral and Land Resources (DEMLR)  staff has “worked with stakeholders to draft new stormwater rules” that reflect the new Minimum Design Criteria and Fast-Track Permitting Process required by S.L. 2013-82.  At the same time, they updated all of the stormwater rules in accordance with G.S. §150B-21.3A which directs state agencies to review and update

Pender Collector Street Plan In Process

An efficient transportation network is critically important to the region’s prosperity. However, the Pender County Collector Street Plan needs your attention if you own property or have investments, especially along the Highway 17 corridor. The plan is accelerating quickly toward approval with Planning Board review and update on 2/2, Board of Commissioners Public Hearing on