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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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Credibility, Leadership, Expertise..... BASE has a single mission to promote public policies which encourage economic growth, job creation and a healthy real estate, homebuilding, land use and development industry.

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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

 
General Assembly Winding Down? PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 11 July 2014 08:36

At press time, the legislative calendar was rapidly winding down. The waning days of session bring a flurry of bills, several of which are very important to BASE. Understanding the impact of the USPS issue, BASE staff crafted legislation to proactively fix an issue with DENR stormwater permits in subdivisions forced to install concrete pads for centralized mailboxes.

 

Two bills of note which BASE will be advocating for before session adjourns:

·         S38 – Amend Environmental Laws 2014S38 – Amend Environmental Laws 2014: contains a number of provisions, including sections on Isolated Wetlands, USPS Cluster Box Units/No Stormwater Permit Modification Required

·         S734 – Regulatory Reform Act of 2014S734 – Regulatory Reform Act of 2014: contains a number of provisions, including sections on Protest Petitions, Corridor Maps, Building Inspections, Local Government Design/Aesthetic Controls

 
Turtle Habitat to Frustrate Beach & Inlet Permitting? PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 10 July 2014 12:21

Recently, 685 miles of beaches from North Carolina to Mississippi were designated "critical habitat" for loggerhead sea turtles. This designation is the largest federal protection of its kind and includes 68 miles of coastline in Topsail Island, Lea-Hutaff Island, Pleasure Island, Bald Head Island, Oak Island and Holden Beach. Local government officials are greatly concerned about the costs to beach towns for beach nourishment and dredging projects, due to changes to the permitting process brought about by the turtle habitat distinction. 

You can read the full story here 
www.starnewsonline.com/article/20140709/NEW9000/140709696/1177www.starnewsonline.com/article/20140709/NEW9000/140709696/1177

 
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