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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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Waters of the US Rules Will Impact You! PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 05 August 2014 13:29

BASE is working daily to continue to educate our members, local governments, allies and the general public about the proposed changes to Waters of the United States and “wetlands” rules. These rule changes, proposed by the EPA and US Army Corps of Engineers in April, would have a significant impact nationally but especially in southeastern North Carolina. THE MOST IMPORTANT THING TO KNOW: the rules will impact not just rivers and streams BUT ALSO ditches (!) and areas of dry land which may be near rivers, oceans and wet areas.
 
One environmental expert called the rules the biggest expansion of EPA regulatory jurisdiction since the Clean Water Act was signed into law by President Nixon. The scientific report on which the rules are based suggests a significant expansion of what constitutes a wetland. Instead of meeting all 3 criteria (soils, hydrology and vegetation), a wetland would only have to meet 1. To illustrate how this would impact our area, the map above shows areas in NC that have soils that would qualify them as “wetlands” under the proposed rules. 
 
In addition to this change, the new rules create new terms such as tributary, neighboring and adjacent and would expand regulation into dry areas including ditches. When you consider the change to “wetlands” and the expansion of new terms and jurisdiction, there is significant reason for concern.
 
WE NEED YOUR HELP! Educate your business partners, landowners and others in the industry. Provide BASE with specific examples of how this rule will impact land, property and future investment. Public comment is open until October 2014. For more information, go to http://ncbase.org/news/new-waters-of-the-us-proposal.html 
 
 
Governor's New Transportation Planning Initiative Underway--Wilmington MPO Ranks Local Projects PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 05 August 2014 13:20
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The Strategic Transportation Investments (STI) is a new formula to determine how the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT), in partnership with local governments, will fund and prioritize transportation projects in the state of North Carolina. The TAC has the ability to assign 1,500 points at the Regional tier and 1,500 points at the Division tier under the Prioritization 3.0 process. 
 
On July 23rd the Wilmington MPO's Transportation Advisory Committee approved a draft assignment of Local Input Points for the Regional and Division tiers of the STI. Please find a link to the approved draft assignment of local input points HEREHERE
 
Following the approval of the draft assignment of points, the TAC opened the public comment period to receive feedback. The Wilmington MPO will receive public input on this assignment of local input points until the TAC meeting at 3:30 pm on August 27th. There will also be a public comment period at the TAC meeting on August 27th in which the public is invited to provide comments on this information. The TAC will take formal action to approve a final assignment of local input points (following the receipt of public comment) on August 27th. The final assignment of points is required to be submitted to NCDOT by the close of business on August 29th. 
 
Below is a link to a mapping tool developed by NCDOT that displays all transportation projects submitted for STI consideration. The link will take you directly to Onslow County; however, you can zoom in and out to gain a better understanding of local/regional/statewide context. 
 
 
 
Columbus County commissioners approve land-use ordinance PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 22 July 2014 09:04
Columbus County comissioners approved a land-use ordinance at they Monday meeting. The ordinance will require a permit in order to open an industrial facility, adult business, or intensive livestock farm. You can read the full ordinance by following the link below.
columbusco.org/Portals/7/Planning/Columbus%20County%20Land%20Use%20Regulation%20Ordinance%20Draft.pdf
columbusco.org/Portals/7/Planning/Columbus%20County%20Land%20Use%20Regulation%20Ordinance%20Draft.pdf
 
 
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