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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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Wilmington, New Hanover Comprehensive Plans PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 11 July 2014 08:40

Both the City of Wilmington and New Hanover County have embarked on separate comprehensive planning efforts. Both efforts will lead to the creation of comprehensive plans and necessitate changes to land development ordinances and zoning.

 

The New Hanover County Comprehensive Plan seeks to determine a vision for how the County should develop over the next twenty five years, and determines a plan for how to achieve this vision. Six individual themes have been established for the Comprehensive Plan and include; the Livable Built Environment, Harmony with Nature, Resilient Economy, Interwoven Equity, Healthy Community, and Responsible Regionalism.  Citizen-led committees will review issues surrounding these themes, best management practices, and present policy recommendations to the Comprehensive Plan Policy Recommendation Committee. The plan will be completed by the summer of 2015. For more information on New Hanover's Plan, CLICKCLICK HERE HERE. 

 

The City of Wilmington is also undergoing a comprehensive planning process which started in 2013. The interesting thing about the City’s plan is that it is built around accommodating growth. The City has created an informational website and portal for interested parties to share their thoughts on the future of Wilmington. You can access that site at www.createwilmington.comwww.createwilmington.com

 
All Subdivisions/Phases Plan for Centralized Mail Delivery PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 11 July 2014 08:37

Instead of enabling delivery to individual homes, USPS has decided that “centralized delivery” is a more efficient way to provide mail service. USPS changed the Postal Operations Manual in 2012, removing the ability for the developer and Postmaster to make a joint decision on means of delivery. Now, developers wanting to provide mail service need to call the Postmaster to determine what means of delivery will be provided in each subdivision.

 

In June, Congressman Mark Meadows and NCHBA set up a meeting with representatives from the USPS Greensboro District Office which covers Raleigh, Triad and western NC. USPS District representatives were largely dismissive of the timelines, planning, approvals and permits that govern residential development. Their position is that the rules changed in 2012 and all new phases and subdivisions will be going to centralized delivery. Per Greensboro District Manager Ronnie White: “As a general rule, folks should plan on a one-stop delivery center going forward.” BASE is working to set up a meeting with the USPS Mid-Carolina District Office in Charlotte to see how the rules will be implemented in our area. PLEASE CALL BASE IMMEDIATELY IF YOU RUN INTO THIS ISSUE.

BASE has set up an informational site, devoted just to this issue. CLICK HERE

 
General Assembly Winding Down? PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 11 July 2014 08:36

At press time, the legislative calendar was rapidly winding down. The waning days of session bring a flurry of bills, several of which are very important to BASE. Understanding the impact of the USPS issue, BASE staff crafted legislation to proactively fix an issue with DENR stormwater permits in subdivisions forced to install concrete pads for centralized mailboxes.

 

Two bills of note which BASE will be advocating for before session adjourns:

·         S38 – Amend Environmental Laws 2014S38 – Amend Environmental Laws 2014: contains a number of provisions, including sections on Isolated Wetlands, USPS Cluster Box Units/No Stormwater Permit Modification Required

·         S734 – Regulatory Reform Act of 2014S734 – Regulatory Reform Act of 2014: contains a number of provisions, including sections on Protest Petitions, Corridor Maps, Building Inspections, Local Government Design/Aesthetic Controls

 
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