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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.


Contact Julie Ventaloro with DEMLR if you have any questions.
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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BASE Supports Wilmington Transportation Bond PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 16 September 2014 08:10
 When you go to the election booth in November, if you’re a resident of the City of Wilmington, you’ll have the opportunity to vote in support of a transportation bond which will go a long way toward supporting the needs of the community. The BASE Board of Directors voted unanimously in September to support the City’s transportation bond.
 
WHY SUPPORT THE TRANSPORTATION BOND?
 
• City has many identified transportation needs 
• Transportation continues to be a high priority for City residents – Citizen Survey
• Citizens like trails/multi-use paths and want more of them – Comprehensive Plan input
• Lack of adequate funding needed to build transportation projects
 
This fall, voters will have the opportunity to decide whether the city can borrow money to begin $55 million in transportation projects. The City of Wilmington will need to sell $44 million in bonds to finance the 38 proposed transportation projects, which total an estimated $55 million. The remaining $11 million would come from existing funds. Voters will decide the future of these projects by voting for or against the transportation bond referendum on the November 4 ballot.
 
The bond would be repaid by increasing the City of Wilmington's property tax rate by 2 cents. This means that the average homeowner of a $200,000 home would pay $40 more per year, or $3.34 a month.
 
Traffic has consistently been a primary concern for citizens in years of citizen surveys. This fall, voters will have the opportunity to decide whether the city can begin $55 million in transportation projects. With less funding coming from the state and federal government, bonds are one of the only methods available to local governments to complete major projects necessary for a growing city.
 
The referendum for a $44 million bond will appear as a Yes/No vote on the Nov. 4 General Election ballot. While only $44 million will be on the referendum, the city would leverage existing funds to complete an entire package of projects worth $55 million. In 2006, voters passed a $14 million bond referendum which addressed some of the transportation needs within the city. Projects included widening Independence Boulevard to four lanes in some areas, streetscape improvements to North Third Street, the installation of sidewalks in high traffic areas, a traffic signal update and further investment in the city's neighborhood traffic management program.
 
The 2014 bond includes $35 million in road improvements and $20 million in bike/pedestrian improvements. 
 
 
THE EXACT LANGUAGE ON THE BALLOT IS AS FOLLOWS—WE ENCOURAGE YOU TO VOTE YES!
 
Ballot language for Transportation (Street and Sidewalk) Bond
 
SHALL the order authorizing $44,000,000 of bonds plus interest to pay the costs of acquiring, constructing, reconstructing, widening, extending, paving, resurfacing, grading and improving streets, roads and intersections; acquiring, constructing, reconstructing and improving sidewalks or walkways, curbs, gutters, drains, bridges, overpasses, underpasses and grade crossings; constructing and improving walking and bicycle trails and greenways; and providing related landscaping, lighting and traffic controls, signals and markers; and the acquisition of land, rights-of-way and easements in land required therefor, and providing that additional taxes may be levied in an amount sufficient to pay the principal and interest on the bonds be approved?
 
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