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McIntyre Secures Extension for Expiring Carolina Beach Renourishment PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 16 May 2014 07:29
WASHINGTON D.C. - U.S. Congressman Mike McIntyre announced today that Congress will authorize an extension of the Carolina Beach renourishment  project through the Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2014.


The fifty-year Carolina Beach renourishment project was set to expire this year, with no method for extension. The WRRDA bill authorizes a three-year extension of coastal storm damage projects which are scheduled to expire in the next five years, including Carolina Beach. In addition, it creates a process by which successful projects can be extended by up to 15 years with the help of federal funds.

 

Congressman McIntyre recently announced that an additional $2.7 million in Congressionally appropriated funds will be available for Carolina Beach to complete this year’s beach nourishment.

 

Congressman McIntyre introduced legislation known as the BEACH Act, to renew this project during the last two sessions of Congress and has made the Carolina Beach nourishment reauthorization one of his top priorities.

 

Congressman McIntyre was instrumental in the effort to include language in the final WRRDA Bill to allow for an extension of successful beach nourishment projects such as the one ongoing at Carolina Beach. During negotiations on the final House and Senate compromise version of the bill, McIntyre convened a bipartisan coalition of Members of Congress who urged leaders in both chambers to include coastal nourishment reauthorization language in the final bill, citing the immense value of renourishment projects across the country.

 

Congressman McIntyre also personally advocated for the reauthorization of coastal storm mitigation projects on Carolina and Kure Beach during a speech on the U.S. House floor in October 2013 when the WRRDA bill was before the U.S. House; a video of his remarks can be seen here.

A House-Senate agreement on the final WRRDA Bill was finalized this week after months of negotiations between the two chambers.

 

It has been seven years since the passage of a WRRDA bill, a comprehensive piece of legislation that authorizes the Army Corps of Engineers' participation in water– related infrastructure projects.

 

Congressman McIntyre is the Chairman and Co-Founder of the Congressional Waterways Caucus and has long been an advocate for coastal storm damage reduction projects. Representative McIntyre has secured hundreds of millions of dollars for coastal nourishment, inlet dredging, and harbor maintenance during his time in Congress.  

 
Oak Island Amends Ordinances to Cap Home Size PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 14 May 2014 14:19
 After extending its moratorium in April, Oak Island Town Council took action in May to move forward with ordinance changes.

 

On May 13, Oak Island Town Council passed a motion to cap single-family residences at 5,000 square feet and seven bedrooms with one parking space required per bedroom. Council also directed staff to work with the Planning Board to come up with a recommendation on a special use permit process for homes larger than that and consider including conditions such as increased setbacks, more of a commercial parking situation, impervious surface requirements, height requirements, wastewater capacities and if the use would be in harmony with the surrounding area (noise, traffic, congestion, debris).

 

BASE will remain engaged as the Planning Board works through this process.

 

Also on May 13, the Town had an update regarding the sewer system and its design and capacity. It was especially informative for the Town’s permanent residents to hear that the system was designed and bonds were sold to finance ultimate buildout on every lot on the island. Using the census and town plans, estimates were made regarding system sizing based on 2.15 persons/lot for permanent residents and 6 persons per lot for seasonal residents. Essentially, this means that unless Oak Island enables future growth, existing Town residents will be stuck with an even more significant share of the costs of the project. At the meeting the Mayor noted that water and sewer rates were poised to be raised 11% next year.

 

While the cap is preferable to the illegal moratorium, BASE would suggest that a Town and citizens on the hook for a $140 million sewer system designed and bonded based on future growth may want to encourage new customers to add on to the system to offset increases on existing residents.

 
North Topsail Beach Moratorium Fails PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 14 May 2014 13:35
On Wednesday, May 13, a Public Hearing of the North Topsail Beach Board of Aldermen was held to receive citizens’ comments on enacting a moratorium on building homes with more than six bedrooms.

The hearing generated significant public comment, with BASE and the overwhelming majority of citizens present speaking in opposition of the proposal. The public comments stressed the importance of preserving property rights, room occupancy tax revenue from vacation rentals, and revenue from constructing the houses. BASE reminded the Board of SL2011-286 which prohibits the enactment of moratoria “for the purpose of developing and adopting new or amended plans or ordinances as to residential uses.” North Topsail Beach’s “need for additional development of regulations” through a moratorium is clearly inconsistent with the statute.

After 40 minutes of discussion, a motion was made to amend the proposal to establish a 60 day moratorium on building houses with more than seven bedrooms AND more than 5000 square feet.

After deliberation and calling the issue to vote, the Board of Aldermen:

-FAILED to pass the motion to enact a 60 day moratorium on building houses with more than seven bedrooms and more than 5000 square feet (one dissenting vote of four members present). 

Many citizens agreed with the Board that trash, limited parking, and crowding are problems in the community, but suggested that they be solved as individual issues instead of halting development to fix them. The Board voted at the end to address these issues in the next Planning Board meeting in June.

Full story from jdnews.com 

 
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