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


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

Pender Commissioner Suggests Moratorium To Encourage Realtor, Home Builder Support of Hampstead Bypass

From the Wilmington Star-News: BURGAW — The Pender County Board of Commissioners last week reiterated their frustrations with the county school board and residential developers — especially those with operations in and around Hampstead. Commissioner David Williams, as he has done in the past, floated the idea of a development moratorium in Hampstead, this time

New Hanover Comprehensive Plan Lurches Forward…One Chapter At A Time

The major local issue on our radar continues to be the Comprehensive Plans underway at both New Hanover County and the City of Wilmington. These two separate documents will guide the next several decades of decisions on economic development, growth, land use, recreation and public space. Both will be the backbone for new land development


  After continuing the on-street parking item in their October meeting, in January, the Leland Town Council moved forward with REQUIRING structured or on-street parking in future phases or new subdivisions in the town. What does this mean? Even though you house has a garage and a driveway, the developer now has to provide 1