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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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New DENR Rules Review Website PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 13 March 2014 13:01
The DENR Rules Review website has been developed to assist in implementing the requirements under G.S. 150B-21.3A (Periodic Review of Existing Rules).  As rules become available for public comment they will be available from the link below.  A form will be available with instructions on how the public may submit comments.  In addition, the public is encouraged to subscribe to the mailing list to receive notification as rules become available for public comment.
 
CLICK HERE FOR RULES REVIEW WEBSITE

Public comment period is now open for the following rules under review pursuant to G.S. 150B-21.3A:

SUBCHAPTERS:

15A NCAC 02B – Surface Water and Wetland Standards

15A NCAC 02H – Procedures for Permits: Approvals

15A NCAC 02T – Waste Not Discharged to Surface Waters

15A NCAC 02U – Reclaimed Water

The comment period for these subchapters is:  March 17, 2014 through May 21, 2014

The public may provide comments by clicking this link:  http://rulesreview.ncdenr.gov/http://rulesreview.ncdenr.gov/   From here, a list of subchapters under review are available on the left.  Each subchapter is linked to a table that lists each rule by citation number, name, whether the rule implements or conforms to Federal Regulation and the agency’s initial determination. Clicking on the rule citation number will take the user to the rule itself.  Each row has a box that asks if the user agrees with the agency’s choice of category. Choose “yes” your comment will be recorded as agreeing. If you choose “no” a drop box will show other possible category choices for you to select. After choosing, you will be directed to a page that allows an opportunity to make a comment. In addition, there is another box allowing the user to make a public comment on the rule.  An option to attach a document is also provided.  Information regarding file size limitations are included.   A public comment is defined as, a written comment objecting to the rule, in whole or in part, received by an agency from any member of the public, including an association or other organization representing the regulated community or other members of the public (G.S. 150B-21.3A(5)). In order for a comment to be considered by the Rules Review Commission, the comment must address the content of the rule.  The user may provide an affiliation in the boxes provided, although it is not required.  All comments submitted will be sent electronically to authorized staff.  

 
Thanks again to Rep. Mike McIntyre for all your support on real estate and coastal issues. PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 11 March 2014 12:53
 
 
EMC Defines "Gravel"...For Now PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 07 March 2014 09:15
 During the recent legislative session, N.C.G.S. 143-214.7 was amended to exclude gravel from the definition of "built-upon area" (SL2013-413, section 51SL2013-413, section 51). BASE strongly supported this legislative change as it enabled “gravel” to the considered the same way as slatted decks and swimming pools when calculating built upon area.   

As part of this bill, the Environmental Management Commission (EMC) was required to “amend its rules to be consistent with the definition of "built upon area."

According to the EMC, the legislation, however, did not define the term "gravel."  Since the statute amendment became effective in August, the EMC claims that the regulated community has questioned how to interpret the imprecise use of the term “gravel” in the amended statute.  Therefore, the EMC is pursuing temporary rulemaking to “define the term used in the amended statute in accordance with industry standards, to prevent adverse environmental impacts, and to direct the regulated community to the established guidelines set forth in the DEMLR’s best management practices for stormwater control.”

The EMC took action on the proposed rule at their meeting on March 13. In January, a public hearing was held to get feedback on the issue.  Since the public hearing, the proposed rule has been adjusted. The adjusted rule, which was approved by the EMC states:

“Gravel” means a clean or washed, loose, uniformly-graded aggregate of stones from a lower limit of 0.08 inches up to 3.0 inches in size.

 

What comes next? The option always exists for the legislature to go back and tweak this definition when they return in May. One of the proposals being considered by the Environmental Review Commission would negate any definition of “gravel” as passed by the EMC. Click hereClick here to see what the General Assembly may have in store. 

The short version is stay tuned. And be sure to call BASE before you put down any small aggregate, to ensure that what you intend to use is actually “gravel”

BASE’s formal comments to the EMC are attached below.

 
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