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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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Brunswick County Proposes Simple, Single Permitting Fee, Fewer Planning Fees PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 23 May 2014 07:43

BOLIVIA, NC – Brunswick County’s proposed fiscal year 2014-15 budget includes a new building inspection fee schedule, intended to simplify the process for builders and help the county continue to move more of its building and permitting processes online, and fewer planning fees.

The suggested fee schedule a rate based on the amount of gross square feet under the building’s roof. All trade permit fees are included in the one rate, reducing permit processing time for central permitting staff but also making it easier for builders to calculate the cost of construction before beginning the project and ensuring codes align with state statutes and building codes.

 While the overall permitting fees will be revenue neutral, the fees for residential buildings smaller than 2,500 square feet would be less than they are under the current schedule. Commercial buildings smaller than 5,000 square feet will also typically pay less under the proposed fee system.

The proposed fee schedule also includes flat-rate fees for more minor work, such as appliance equipment change outs. While such work previously might have required different permits for plumbing, electrical and/or mechanical aspects, all trade permits would be included in the one flat fee. 

 
2014 NCHBA Legislative Meeting PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 22 May 2014 12:42
BASE traveled to Raleigh with local HBA members for the 2014 NCHBA legislative meetings June 20th-21st. Here are some pictures from the event.
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Sen. Thom Goolsby with BASE's Tyler Newman and WCFHBA Directors Deans Hackney and Dave Thomas.

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Rep. Rick Catlin of New Hanover County and Rep. Chris Millis of Pender and Onslow Counties with WCFHBA Executive Officer Cameron Moore, President Craig Johnson, and Directors Deans Hackney and Dave Thomas.

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Local HBA members and staff meet with Rep. Chris Millis of Pender and Onslow Counties.
 
Waters of the U.S. Update PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 16 May 2014 10:37

On April 21st, NAHB Senior Vice President Susan Asmus sent a letter to the EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on behalf of the association’s 140,00 members regarding the agencies’ new Waters of the United States proposal. In her letter, she asked for the comment period to be extended 90 days past the current July 21st deadline. You can read her letter online at

http://www.nahb.org/fileUpload_details.aspx?contentID=227427&fromGSA=1http://www.nahb.org/fileUpload_details.aspx?contentID=227427&fromGSA=1

Asmus cites the length and complexity of the proposal along with its dense accompanying set of data and legal opinions as the primary reasons for the extension. In addition, the NAHB is concerned about the proposal’s potential impact on permitting and the ambiguous nature of the regulations rolled out by the agencies.

At the national level, there is a coalition of building and agriculture groups working in concert to at least extend the comment period and clarify the provisions of the proposal. There are upcoming Congressional hearings regarding Waters of the United States to address these concerns. BASE is also working with state legislators on potential action that could be taken here in North Carolina.

 
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