Obama Set to Strengthen Federal Role in Clean Water Regulation

From the New York Times By CORAL DAVENPORT The Obama administration is expected in the coming days to announce a major clean water regulation that would restore the federal government’s authority to limit pollution in the nation’s rivers, lakes, streams and wetlands. Environmentalists have praised the new rule, calling it an important step that would lead to

County needs to help fund renourishment, beach officials say

All New Hanover County residents have a vested interest in replenishing beach sand, and should share the cost, say officials with the three beach towns. The future of beach renourishment in Carolina Beach, Kure Beach and Wrightsville Beach —and who pays for it — ended up as the only topic discussed in Wednesday’s meeting of

Wilmington Comprehensive Plan: DRAFT NOW AVAILABLE

The City of Wilmington has finally released its Comprehensive Plan Policy document. These policies will help guide growth and development over the next 25 years. A lot of public input has gone into the creation of the plan, and now a draft of the plan policies is ready for your review. The City needs your feedback

BREAKING: US House passes bill to stop Waters of the US rulemaking

Yesterday, the US House of Representatives voted 261-155 in FAVOR of HR1732 Regulatory Integrity Protection Act. This bill, co-sponsored by Rep. David Rouzer, forces the EPA to scrap their proposed rule change to the definition of the “Waters of the U.S.” and requires they engage stakeholders and local leaders before submitting a new rule change.

BASE News Roundup

We wanted to provide you with a quick news roundup to update some of the most important issues on our radar.   At the federal level, click below to read about the White House threatening a veto of GOP bill to kill Waters of the US rule (The Hill) http://thehill.com/business-a-lobbying/240535-wh-threatens-veto-of-gop-bill-to-kill-water-regs   In addition to operating

House votes unanimously to end protected highway corridors

From WRAL-@NCCapitol: By Mark Binker RALEIGH, N.C. — The state House has voted 114-0 to curb transportation officials’ ability to set aside land for new highways without paying for it. A 1987 law known as the Map Act allows the Department of Transportation to draw corridors for future highways. Land that falls in that corridor

Updated New Hanover County Future Land Use Map

New Hanover County just released an updated draft future land use map. We would like to thank you for your input and feedback as we navigate through the stakeholder meetings.  We will continue to provide updates as we move along the process. To view the information from the County’s website, click HERE. To view the

Town of Shallotte Planning Board Proposing UDO Text Amendments

The town of Shallotte Planning Board will be voting on text amendments to their Unified Development Ordinance at their next meeting on April 14, 2015.  Amendments of interest include: -P&Z#15-001: UDO Text Amendment, Section 10-1, Table 10-2 Table of Permitted Uses:  Staff is seeking to modernize the list of current permitted uses. -P&Z#15-015: UDO Text

Required Neighborhood Meetings-Town of Oak Island

The Oak Island Town Council will be voting on requiring Neighborhood Meetings for proposed major subdivision or land use change at the April 14th meeting.   This proposal was suggested by a member of Town Council and was recently approved by the Town Planning Board.  Neighborhood meetings are common in many new Unified Development Ordinances (including

Predicting The Coast’s Future

Sea-level rise remains an abstract concept in the minds of many. But the reality of the issue is likely to hit home sooner than many people think. It’s up to groups such as the N.C. Coastal Resources Commission to get the word out and provide information that helps the public understand what’s at stake without