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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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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.

 
Jacksonville Unified Development Ordinance Nears Adoption PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 05 March 2014 11:38
 In 2007 the City of Jacksonville embarked on a Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) project.  The project is the first comprehensive update of the city’s zoning ordinance since its adoption in 1972.
 
After many hours of preparation, review by City staff, the appointed UDO Steering Committee, the Planning Advisory Board and the Jacksonville City Council, the draft UDO can be found at the following link: https://jacksonvillenc.gov/DocumentCenter/View/730 
 
City Council has scheduled a Public Hearing on the UDO for March 18 at City Hall in Council Chambers to be held during the City Council Regular Meeting beginning at 7PM
 
In conjunction with the UDO, land with a zoning district classification from the previous zoning ordinance will be reclassified or translated to one of the zoning district classifications within the new UDO.  As a result, every property within the City’s jurisdiction (City limits and Extraterritorial Jurisdiction) will be rezoned accordingly. However, most uses allowed in the current zoning district will be allowed in the new zoning district, and few nonconformities will be created by the rezoning.
 
The City of Jacksonville UDO Public Town Meeting will be held March 11, 2014. The meeting will be held at City Hall, 815 New Bridge from 3:30 to 6:30PM in meeting rooms "A" and "B". The session will offer the opportunity to view maps, check the status of current zoning for property and the permitted uses, and then compare that to the proposed zoning for property under the proposed ordinance. For most residential parcels, there is very little change in the allowed and permitted uses. 
 
For commercial property, the City has been updating the old ordinances with some of the requirements that are to be included in the proposed Unified Development Ordinance. Therefore, even for some commercial property, the changes are slight. 
 
 
FULL SLATE OF 2014 ELECTION CANDIDATES PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 03 March 2014 11:44
 The very important 2014 election season is in full swing. Candidate filing closed on Friday, February 28 and now we have the final list of candidates which will go before voters first at the May 6 primary and then at the general election on November 4.

The 2014 election will elect candidates to a range of offices including US Senate, US House of Representatives, NC Senate, NC House of Representatives, and various County Commissions. These elections will be critical to the real estate industry as these elected officials will have an impact on the continued housing recovery.

For a full list of candidates who have filed for office, please visit the following Board of Elections sites:

New Hanover CountyNew Hanover County 

Pender CountyPender County 

Brunswick CountyBrunswick County 

Onslow CountyOnslow County

 
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