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Legislative Affairs

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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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

 
Wilmington City Council Approves Transportation Bond Referendum PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 09 July 2014 07:28
At their July 8 meeting, the Wilmington City Council approved a $44 million bond referendum which would allow for $55 million in transportation improvements within the city. The remaining $11 million would come from existing funds. Traffic has consistently been a primary concern for citizens in years of citizen surveys. 
 
On May 20, Council heard the findings of a Council committee that had been tasked with identifying priorities among the area’s many transportation needs. The long list of needs that would be addressed by this bond includes $35 million for road projects and $20 million for bicycle and pedestrian projects. 
 
The referendum will appear on the Nov. 4 ballot. The bond will increase property taxes by 2 cents and will fund many different roadway and pedestrian improvements across town. More information about the transportation bond can be found HEREHERE
 
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