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Grand Strand Transportation Study Drafts Available--Includes Areas of Brunswick County PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 25 March 2014 09:50
The Grand Strand Area Transportation Study (GSATS) has made drafts of the 2035 Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) available for review and comment.
In 2013, the GSATS study area was expanded to include a portion of southern Brunswick County in North Carolina.
The GSATS’ LRTP is a twenty-five year plan that identifies and prioritizes transportation strategies within the Myrtle Beach-Socastee SC/NC urbanized area and the area anticipated to be urban by 2035. The UPWP identifies the annual transportation planning activities of GSATS.
A series of meetings will be held on March 27, April 15, and April 21, 2014 to allow the public an opportunity to provide input. Comments received before April 21, 2014 will be presented to the Policy Committee.
Appendix H - “GSATS - North Carolina” can be found herehere 
President Signs Flood Insurance Bill...Then AP Does Story On Impacts PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 24 March 2014 08:10
 From the Associated Press

Flood insurance rate surge still looms over some communities

A new law passed in March will roll back or delay massive rate hikes planned for the National Flood Insurance Program. Even with this relief, nearly 1.1 million policyholders with subsidized government insurance still face substantial rate increases as officials try to get the program on stable financial ground.


US Senate Passes Flood Insurance Reform, Issue Moves to President's Desk PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 05 March 2014 09:05

On the evening of Thursday March 13, the United States Senate voted 72-22 to approve the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act (H.R. 3370). The Senate acted quickly to pass the bill as amended by the House to avoid the need for a conference committee to reconcile any differences. The new bill further reins in and holds the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) accountable for the Biggert-Waters implementation issues.

President Obama is expected to sign the bill into law when it arrives at the White House.  

As passed, the bill repeals FEMA's authority to increase premium rates at time of sale or new flood map, and refunds the excessive premium to those who bought a property before FEMA warned them of the rate increase. The bill limits premium increases to 18% annually on newer properties and 25% for some older ones. Additionally, the bill adds a small assessment on policies until everyone is paying full cost for flood insurance. President Obama is expected to sign the bill into law when it arrives at the White House.  

For additional resources and information please visit the following link and click on one of the side-by-side comparisons below:

NAR Issue Brief: Flood Insurance Side by Side ComparisonNAR Issue Brief: Flood Insurance Side by Side Comparison

Understanding the major implications of skyrocketing flood insurance rates, BASE has been working over the past several months in conjunction with the National Association of Home Builders, the National Association of REALTORS, and the Coalition for Sustainable Flood Insurance to push for sustainable reform.

A special thank you to Sen. Richard Burr, Sen. Kay Hagan and Rep. Mike McIntyre and their offices for their leadership on this issue.  
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