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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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"Unbelievable! BASE was there for us at the beginning, middle, and end providing us with key information and foresight…It's great to see there are organizations like BASE out there that are willing to go the extra mile to satisfy their members." - Jon Vincent, JTV Business & Management Consultant

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 "Well worth the money! I’ve been working in this industry well over 20 years, and this is the lowest cost, highest value work I have ever seen. I always knew the regulatory pressures that our industry faced, but at least now I know that there is an organization fighting and winning on our behalf." - Kevin Hine, Duplin Land Development, LLC, Exec. VP/GM River Landing

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“BASE has been one of the best business decisions I have made!  There is no other organization like BASE that covers such a broad area of issues that affect both residential and commercial interests.” - Steve Niemeyer, CEO Wrightsville Builders

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In Their Haste To Fix A Non-issue, Oak Island Creates "Thousands" Of Non-conforming Uses! PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 29 May 2014 13:36

From page A15 of the State Port Pilot (May 28, 2014)
USPS Formally Notifies Municipal Planners of Cluster Box Requirements PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 27 May 2014 07:57

The US Postal Service formally notified municipal planners of changes to their policies on cluster box mailboxes. The new regulations will primarily affect new development. These are some of the new reguations that were rolled out this year. 

·   Centralized and Cluster Box Units (CBU’s) delivery is now the default mode of delivery in business areas. 
·   For new residential delivery, CBU is now the default.  Exceptions to permit curb line delivery must be approved by the District.
·   New deliveries within an existing block with an established mode of delivery no longer assume the existing mode of delivery.  We can require a more efficient mode of delivery.
·   While we do not control addresses for buildings, we do control the sequential ordering of addresses within any centralized delivery equipment.
·   If more than one building in a complex has the same street address, the delivery equipment must be grouped at a single location even if some of the units are in a different building.
·   Centralized delivery or CBU is the default option for delivery in mobile homes or trailer parks that are permanent residences.  Any exceptions to centralized or CBU delivery mode must be approved by the District.
·   Delivery equipment must conform to USPS standards for CBUs and high-rise delivery equipment, USPS STD 4C wall mounted mail receptacles.  Local offices do not have the authority to approve anD other centralized delivery equipment. 

You can read the Postal Service's builder and developer information packet and their letter to municipal planners by following the links below, Guide for Centralized Delivery(1).doc Planners Letter.doc

Brunswick County Proposes Simple, Single Permitting Fee, Fewer Planning Fees PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 23 May 2014 07:43

BOLIVIA, NC – Brunswick County’s proposed fiscal year 2014-15 budget includes a new building inspection fee schedule, intended to simplify the process for builders and help the county continue to move more of its building and permitting processes online, and fewer planning fees.

The suggested fee schedule a rate based on the amount of gross square feet under the building’s roof. All trade permit fees are included in the one rate, reducing permit processing time for central permitting staff but also making it easier for builders to calculate the cost of construction before beginning the project and ensuring codes align with state statutes and building codes.

 While the overall permitting fees will be revenue neutral, the fees for residential buildings smaller than 2,500 square feet would be less than they are under the current schedule. Commercial buildings smaller than 5,000 square feet will also typically pay less under the proposed fee system.

The proposed fee schedule also includes flat-rate fees for more minor work, such as appliance equipment change outs. While such work previously might have required different permits for plumbing, electrical and/or mechanical aspects, all trade permits would be included in the one flat fee. 

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