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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: 
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. 
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

StarNews Editorial: Homeowners insurance rates just went up, and insurers seek another increase PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 07 January 2014 09:17
The N.C. Rate Bureau wishes you a happy new year – by seeking another increase in homeowners insurance premiums. It’s been only six months since the last increase, an average of 7 percent, took effect. Now insurers want to raise the rates again.

Although the rate increase averages 25.3 percent statewide, the requested rate changes range from a 2.7 percent reduction to 35 percent increase, depending on location and other factors.

But this time, miracle of miracles, residents of far inland parts coastal counties, including New Hanover, Brunswick and Pender, may see a small rate reduction. Those living closer to but not necessarily at the coast could see a 35 percent jump. But the highest rate increase also would apply in some parts of the piedmont and mountains, which historically have seen smaller hikes.

Homeowners in coastal counties have been overwhelmed by higher insurance rates over the past few years, and it appears that efforts to build some fairness into the system are starting to take shape.

The rate adjustments are not applied across the board, however, and in past years the coastal region as a whole was hit much than other places for standard coverage against such disasters as fire, theft, flooding water heaters, accidents and other damage not related to storms, floods or high winds. On average, residents well inland have paid significantly less for that coverage than coastal residents.

Are we to believe that living within a few miles of the coast puts a homeowner more at risk of fire, burglary or having someone trip and fall on a cracked sidewalk?

An effort five or six years ago to build more sense and consumer protections into the rate-setting process led to some reforms, including a requirement to hold a public hearing if the insurance commissioner rejects the Rate Bureau’s request. The bureau represents insurers who write homeowners policies in North Carolina.

At the time some coastal counties also were divided to prevent inland residents of those counties from absorbing the largest rate increases.

But the rates keep going up, and there is still plenty of room for improvement. The last rate increase was approved in 2012 and took effect in July 2013. Public hearings were held, but a compromise reduced the initial request of 17.7 percent to a 7 percent average increase.

Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin was right to be “appalled” at the nerve of the insurance industry to ask for a rate increase so soon after the July rate hike, and has said he won’t compromise this time. He called for the Rate Bureau to withdraw its request. Whether his actions back up those words remains to be seen.

But North Carolina homeowners have a right to speak up. A public comment session is already set for 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Jan. 24 in the Jim Long Hearing Room of the Dobbs Building, 430 N. Salisbury St., Raleigh. Residents also may submit written comments by email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or by mail at NCDOI, Attn: Bob Mack, Property & Casualty Division, 1201 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-1201.

This is your opportunity to tell state officials what’s on your mind.

Reasonable, well-spaced requests increases are justifiable, but homeowners’ pockets aren’t deep enough to sustain an assault of large, back-to-back rate hikes. (Wilmington StarNews, January 7, 2014)

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