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BASE Governmental Affairs Directors act as advocates for the development industry and closely monitor activity at the state, regional and local level from the North Carolina General Assembly to city and county meetings - anything that affects the growth and development industry.

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New Hanover County Conducts Resident Satisfaction Survey PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 24 October 2014 08:15
New Hanover county is conducting a resident satisfaction survey now open to all residents.  The survey is intended to provide feedback on county government, individual awareness, and community participation.  

As well as being available online, the survey is being mailed to 4,000 randomly selected households for statistically valid results.

Submissions are open until November 5; results will be available in Spring 2015. 

A survey was conducted in 2012, with mostly favorable responses.

What do you think of New Hanover County? Click herehere to let your opinion be heard. 
 
Homeowners Insurance Rate Case Underway PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 23 October 2014 08:21

BASE's Tyler Newman speaks with WECT on the first day of the Homeowners Insurance Rate Case in Raleigh

It is "old news" for those that attended the September 22 Town Hall meeting with Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin, but the homeowners insurance rate hearing originally scheduled for August 2014, started October 20, 2014, at 9 a.m. in  Raleigh. On the first day of the hearing, strong attendance from coastal advocates, citizens and businesses illustrated how critical this issue is to Eastern North Carolina. Your BASE staff was on hand to monitor the rate case firsthand.
 
The hearing will last a number of weeks and is open to the public; however, there is no opportunity for members of the public to speak at the hearing. Experts from the N.C. Rate Bureau, on behalf of the insurance companies, and experts from NCDOI, representing the interests of the public, will present their cases for or against rate changes. Goodwin is to serve as the hearing officer and determine what, if any, rate adjustments are warranted. In his opening remarks, Goodwin indicated that the trial-style hearing will last weeks (if not months) and a decision may not be reached until January 2015.
 
The insurance companies, represented by the North Carolina Rate Bureau, requested an overall statewide average increase of 25.3 percent for homeowners insurance rates, varying by geographic territory, on Jan. 3, 2014. Goodwin ordered that a hearing be held in the matter because the proposed rates appear to the Department of Insurance to be excessive and unfairly discriminatory. In their opening remarks, the Rate Bureau continued to assert that rates in North Carolina are inadequate and the increase should have been 48%!
 
A public comment period on the rate filing was held from January 3 through January 31, 2014 to engage the public in the ratemaking process. During that period, the Department of Insurance received more than 10,000 emailed or mailed comments, and approximately 25 people, including BASE, made comments in-person during a public comment session held on January 24.
 
As BASE noted at the public hearing in January, we strongly feel that any proposed increase for eastern North Carolina is excessive and unfairly discriminatory. We wholeheartedly supported the Insurance Commissioner's call for the Rate Bureau to withdraw the filing entirely.
 
In coastal North Carolina, the requested rate changes suggest increases of 35% in many areas. The 2014 proposed increase follows on the heels of an increase in 2012, which just went into effect within the last several months! In fact, coastal homeowners have faced increases in every rate cycle since 1992-most recently in both 2009 and 2012. Enough is enough.
 
For the first time in recent memory, the rate case as originally filed proposes 35% increases in major inland cities like Raleigh and Charlotte. It is important to note that while this percentage increase appears "equal" to the increases in coastal areas, recall that coastal areas pay 2-3 times more for the same types of homeowners policies (fire, theft, etc) which do not include wind/hail coverage.
 
The filing is available for public review on NCDOI's website. To view the entire filing, go to http://pserff.ncdoi.net/pc.html and enter the Serff Tracking Number NCRI-129361028.

Click here here to read the transcripts of the public hearings on the issue. 

Click herehere for WECT's coverage of the first day of the public hearing.
 
Coastal Resources Commission to Hear Proposed Land Use Plan Changes PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 15 October 2014 12:14
At their meeting in Wilmington next week, the Coastal Resources Commission will hear a report on proposed amendments to the 7B CAMA Land Use Planning Requirements and 7L Local Planning and Management Grants. The draft language is in response 
to comments and input gathered at two regional workshops held in Wilmington and Plymouth this past year, staff experience implementing the program, and a previous study by the Commission. Comments used in developing the draft represent input from local elected officials, local planning staff, consultants, and other interest stakeholders. 
 
In addition, the draft is reflective of the proposal outlined by DCM Director Braxton Davis at the July 2014 Commission meeting, which include increased flexibility for plan content and format, clarification that updates and amendments are voluntary, a new process option for CAMA Major Permit Review, streamlined plan approval, amendment, and update processes, integrated planning efforts, and an improved Technical Manual. 
 
Specifically, the proposed amendments achieve the following major themes:
• Significantly reduce the regulatory burden on local governments while maintaining coastal management standards for local planning activities.
• Shift emphasis toward local government directed policy and implementation in support of coastal management goals and objectives while reducing data and analysis requirements.
• Institute shorter timelines for state review and certification to speed up the land use plan and amendment review process.
• Delegate land use plan and amendment certification authority to the Division Director, eliminating the need for CRC involvement while maintaining the CRC oversight and standard-setting role.
 
Next Steps
DCM has distributed the draft language (FOUND HEREFOUND HERE, start of page 60) to local government planning staff for review and comment. Upon receipt of comments, staff will prepare a report and present the findings to you at the December 17&18, 2014 CRC Meeting. If the Commission chooses, a panel discussion to discuss the proposed rules will be included as part of the land use planning presentation in December. After comments and any requested changes by the Commission, Staff will formally submit draft language to be sent for public hearing in 2015.
 
 
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