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Strategic Transportation Investments (STI) update PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 26 September 2014 08:16
 The N.C. Department of Transportation today released the final scoresscores for division and regional projects, based on criteria contained in the Strategic Mobility Formula, a project prioritization process established last year by the new Strategic Transportation Investments (STI) lawStrategic Transportation Investments (STI) law. STI was created to make more efficient use of available funds, allowing for more local input and the ability to do more projects with limited dollars. These scores are not the final determination of which projects will be programmed, but will be considered along with other factors including completion of environmental and engineering plans and corridor spending caps to create the draft  10-year State Transportation Improvement Program.

Jacksonville

Below is a listing of JUMPO projects that topped the list for each category. Additional analysis is needed to determine how authorization levels impact which projects will receive funding; however, these are the front-runners:

Regional (within top 25):

 

- Marine Boulevard/Gum Branch Road/Bell Fork Road – widen intersection

- OAJ – construct an aircraft holding apron

- NC 111 – extend from US 258/NC 24 to Gum Branch Road across the New River

- US 17 at NRAS main gate – construct interchange

- Western Boulevard (Marine Boulevard to Lejeune Boulevard) – construct access management improvements

- US 258/NC 24 (NC 53 to Pony Farm Road) – construct superstreet

- Lejeune Boulevard – construct access management improvements

- Western Boulevard at Jacksonville Parkway – widen intersection

 

Division (top 25 excluding Regional top 25):

 

- Trade Drive – construct new roadway behind Wal-Mart, between Western Boulevard and McDaniel Drive

- Gum Branch Road sidewalks – Marine Boulevard to Henderson Drive

- Jacksonville Parkway Extension – Western Boulevard to US 17

- Gum Branch Road – widen north of Summersill School Road

- Western Boulevard at Gum Branch Road – widen intersection

- Commerce Road – extend to Piney Green Road

- Henderson Drive (Gum Branch Road to Western Boulevard) – widen to four-lane divided

- Henderson Drive – extend from Western Boulevard to Jacksonville Parkway
- Jacksonville-Area Multi-Modal Transportation Center

Wilmington

The attached PDFs demonstrate how the Wilmington MPO's projects fare in Prioritization 3.0 against each other and also the other projects in their competing Regional and Division tiers. The Wilmington MPO's projects are highlighted in yellow.

 
Update on gravel legislation PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 26 September 2014 08:13
 Senate Bill 734 was signed into law on 9/18/2014 and is now Session Law 2014-120Session Law 2014-120.  The section that pertains to gravel begins on Page 31.  In brief, the session law amends the definition of “built-upon area” such that “gravel” is no longer excluded from being considered “built-upon area.”  The bill also prohibits the Environmental Management Commission (EMC) from defining the term “gravel” in the context of its stormwater programs (including Water Supply, Phase 2, Coastal stormwater).   

 

For those who are interested, here’s a quick review of gravel’s recent journey through law and rule and what it means for you now:

 

·         Session Law 2013-413 amended NCGS 143-214.7 (stormwater programs), removing “gravel” from the definition of “built-upon area.”  This amended definition of “built-upon area” went into effect in August 2013 and remained in effect until 9/18/2014 when SB734 was signed into law.  The definition of “built-upon area” in NCGS 143-214.7 applies to all the state’s stormwater programs, including Water Supply Watershed, Phase 2, and Coastal stormwater programs.   

·         In response to SL 2013-413, the EMC passed a temporary amendment to Rule 15A NCAC 2H .1002 (stormwater definitions), defining the term “gravel.”  The temporary rule went into effect March 28, 2014

·         Temporary rule 15A NCAC 2H .100215A NCAC 2H .1002 is still in effect today except for the two definitions that were changed by SL 2014-120 (“built-upon area” and “gravel”).  You should refer to SL 2014-120 for the current definition of “built-upon area.” 

·         A permanent rulemaking to replace the temporary rule is currently in progress and will continue, although with revisions in light of SL 2014-120.   The proposed permanent rule will be revised to 1) incorporate the change to the definition of “built-upon area,” and 2) strike out the definition of “gravel”.  All other proposed changes, which are mostly technical in nature, are going forward. The public comment periodpublic comment period for the permanent rulemaking is open until September 30, 2014

.  Your comments are still invited.

 

·         Starting 9/18/2014, DENR began implementing the definition of “built-upon area” as written in SL 2014-120.

·         Local governments who have delegated stormwater programs such as Phase 2/Water Supply do not need to take any  action as a result of this new legislationunless your ordinance currently excludes gravel from built-upon area.

·         Note that this statute and associated rule (15A NCAC 2H .1002) apply only to stormwater programs.  They do not affect laws and rules relating to forestry or agriculture operations or sediment and erosion control programs.


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Ph:  919-807-6370
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BASE and WRAR Host Successful Town Hall Meeting with NCDOI Commissioner Wayne Goodwin PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 23 September 2014 08:48
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BASE and the Wilmington Regional Association of REALTORS hosted a Town Hall meeting with NC Department of Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin Monday afternoon.  Goodwin spoke to a packed room about homeowner’s insurance and rate making in North Carolina.
 
State and local elected officials attended, including: Rep. Rick Catlin, Rep. Ted Davis, Jr., Sen. Michael Lee, New Hanover Commissioners Beth Dawson and Thomas Wolfe, and Ocean Isle Beach Mayor Debbie Smith. 
 
THANK YOU to Commissioner Goodwin, local officials, and all those in attendance for making this town hall event a huge success!   
 
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