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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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Homeowners Insurance Rate Case Rescheduled for October PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 15 July 2014 14:02
In early 2014, the North Carolina Rate Bureau (representing insurance companies in NC), requested an overall statewide average increase of 25.3 percent for homeowners insurance rates, varying by geographic territory. BASE spoke at the public hearing on January 24, expressing our continued concern and asking the Commissioner of Insurance to hold a full hearing. 
 
Commissioner Goodwin called for the full hearing, which was scheduled to begin on Aug. 6, 2014. THIS HEARING HAS BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL OCTOBER 2014! 
 
The hearing has been postponed to give department experts more time to prepare testimony after significant revisions were made to the original rate filing from the N.C. Rate Bureau. READ MOREREAD MORE
 
The hearing is open to the public; however, there will be no opportunity for members of the public to speak at the hearing. Experts from the N.C. Rate Bureau, on behalf of the insurance companies, and experts from NCDOI, representing the interests of the public, will present their cases for or against rate changes. Goodwin is to serve as the hearing officer and determine what, if any, rate adjustments are warranted.
 
After an initial review of the filing and more than 10,000 comments submitted by the public, NCDOI experts believe the requested rate increases are not justified. Among NCDOI's concerns are:
  • The filing uses hypothetical data, rather than actual data, when calculating costs including those for the net costs of reinsurance and trended modeled hurricane loss costs.
  • The filing lacks necessary data, documentation and explanations to meet statutory burden of proof for rate increases.
  • Old data is used in the filing when more when more recent data should be available and included in the analysis.
BASE hasn't had an opportunity to review the NC Rate Bureau revisions. However, as we said in the public hearing in January, we strongly feel that any proposed increase for eastern North Carolina is excessive and unfairly discriminatory. We wholeheartedly support the Insurance Commissioner’s previous suggestion that the Rate Bureau withdraw the filing entirely. 
 
In coastal North Carolina, the requested rate changes suggest increases of 35% in many areas. The 2014 proposed increase follows on the heels of an increase in 2012, which just went into effect within the last several months!  In fact, coastal homeowners have faced increases in every rate cycle since 1992—most recently in both 2009 and 2012. Enough is enough.
 
For the first time in recent memory, the rate case as originally filed proposes 35% increases in major inland cities like Raleigh and Charlotte. It is important to note that while this percentage increase appears "equal" to the increases in coastal areas, recall that coastal areas pay 2-3 times more for the same types of homeowners policies (fire, theft, etc) which do not include wind/hail coverage.
 
For more information BASE’s efforts on homeowners insurance CLICK HERE  
 
Wilmington, New Hanover Comprehensive Plans PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 11 July 2014 08:40

Both the City of Wilmington and New Hanover County have embarked on separate comprehensive planning efforts. Both efforts will lead to the creation of comprehensive plans and necessitate changes to land development ordinances and zoning.

 

The New Hanover County Comprehensive Plan seeks to determine a vision for how the County should develop over the next twenty five years, and determines a plan for how to achieve this vision. Six individual themes have been established for the Comprehensive Plan and include; the Livable Built Environment, Harmony with Nature, Resilient Economy, Interwoven Equity, Healthy Community, and Responsible Regionalism.  Citizen-led committees will review issues surrounding these themes, best management practices, and present policy recommendations to the Comprehensive Plan Policy Recommendation Committee. The plan will be completed by the summer of 2015. For more information on New Hanover's Plan, CLICKCLICK HERE HERE. 

 

The City of Wilmington is also undergoing a comprehensive planning process which started in 2013. The interesting thing about the City’s plan is that it is built around accommodating growth. The City has created an informational website and portal for interested parties to share their thoughts on the future of Wilmington. You can access that site at www.createwilmington.comwww.createwilmington.com

 
All Subdivisions/Phases Plan for Centralized Mail Delivery PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 11 July 2014 08:37

Instead of enabling delivery to individual homes, USPS has decided that “centralized delivery” is a more efficient way to provide mail service. USPS changed the Postal Operations Manual in 2012, removing the ability for the developer and Postmaster to make a joint decision on means of delivery. Now, developers wanting to provide mail service need to call the Postmaster to determine what means of delivery will be provided in each subdivision.

 

In June, Congressman Mark Meadows and NCHBA set up a meeting with representatives from the USPS Greensboro District Office which covers Raleigh, Triad and western NC. USPS District representatives were largely dismissive of the timelines, planning, approvals and permits that govern residential development. Their position is that the rules changed in 2012 and all new phases and subdivisions will be going to centralized delivery. Per Greensboro District Manager Ronnie White: “As a general rule, folks should plan on a one-stop delivery center going forward.” BASE is working to set up a meeting with the USPS Mid-Carolina District Office in Charlotte to see how the rules will be implemented in our area. PLEASE CALL BASE IMMEDIATELY IF YOU RUN INTO THIS ISSUE.

BASE has set up an informational site, devoted just to this issue. CLICK HERE

 
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