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FEMA Releases Congressional Advisory On The Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 04 April 2014 06:59

Congressional Advisory
Overview on the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act of 2014

On March 21, 2014, President Obama signed the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act of 2014 into law.  This law repeals and modifies certain provisions of the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act, which was enacted in 2012, and makes additional program changes to other aspects of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) not covered by that Act.  Many provisions of the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act remain and are still being implemented. 

Please see the attached overview (below) for further details about this law.  A brief summary also is included below. 

While FEMA actively works to implement the new law, we encourage policyholders to maintain and keep current flood insurance policies.  FEMA does NOT recommend cancelling a flood insurance policy.  Cancelling flood insurance policies now will leave policyholders unprotected during spring flooding and may cause policyholders to lose important discounts on their rate if they reinstate in the future.

  • The new law lowers the recent rate increases on some policies, prevents some future rate increases, and implements a surcharge on all policyholders.  The Act also repeals certain rate increases that have already gone into effect and provides for refunds to those policyholders.  The Act also authorizes additional resources for the National Academy of Sciences to complete the affordability study.
  • FEMA looks forward to working with Congress, the private Write Your Own insurance companies, and other stakeholders to implement these Congressionally mandated reforms and to working toward our shared goals of helping families maintain affordable flood insurance, ensuring the financial stability of the NFIP, and reducing the risks and consequences of flooding nationwide.  FEMA will also continue to identify and publish special flood hazards and flood risk zones as authorized and required by Congress.
  • FEMA has actively begun analyzing and prioritizing implementation of the new law.  We will be working with the private Write Your Own insurance companies in the next few weeks to seek their input and expertise prior to issuing business practice bulletins.
  • It will take some time to implement these changes.  While the new law does require some changes to be made retroactively, applying to certain policies written after July 6, 2012, other changes require establishment of new programs, processes and procedures. 
  • FEMA’s initial priority is assessing potential changes to the NFIP’s business processes to stop policy increases for certain subsidized policyholders as outlined in the Act.  
  • FEMA also plans to issue guidance in the months ahead for the Write Your Own insurance companies to begin issuing refunds as outlined in the law for some policyholders who were previously impacted by subsidy phase outs.
More information on the new law and its impacts on the NFIP will be forthcoming.
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New Hanover County Unveils Economic Development Analysis PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 02 April 2014 10:31
New Hanover County has received the final economic development target analysis report from Jay Garner titled Pathways to Prosperity: New Hanover County's Plan for Jobs and Investment and it's critical companion piece, the Competitive Realties Report. 
Both documents are available for download here
Today, Wednesday April 2, 2014 at 2 p.m., Jay Garner of Garner Economics LLC will present the details of his findings and resulting study to the New Hanover County Commissioners and members of the Wilmington City Council. The meeting will be streamed live on the County's website at and will be broadcast live on NHCTV via Time Warner Channel 13/16.10 and Charter Channel 5.
DENR Officially Announces Low Impact Development (LID) Program PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 02 April 2014 10:06
NCDENR's Division of Energy, Mineral and Land Resources (DEMLR) has formally noticed its new voluntary Low Impact Development (LID) program. The LID program is the product of a cooperative effort between engineering consultants, NC State University, the University of North Carolina, local governments, and the NC Coastal Federation.

For the first time in North Carolina, there is a quantifiable definition of LID. A development is considered LID when the volume of runoff leaving the site after development matches the volume of runoff before development. In addition, an LID project should maintain adequate flows to the streams and wetlands on the site rather than piping stormwater to a single low point. Storm-EZ is a spreadsheet based on the SCS Discrete Curve Number Method and current research findings on BMPs. Designers enter data on the site development plan and the BMPs that will be used. Then, Storm-EZ reports how closely the project matches the pre-development runoff volumes. Storm-EZ can also be used to judge compliance with conventional "pipe and treat" approach to stormwater (or a hybrid approach of some LID practices used with some end-of-pipe stormwater treatment).
DEMLR is public noticing the following items:
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