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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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2014 NCHBA Legislative Meeting PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 22 May 2014 12:42
BASE traveled to Raleigh with local HBA members for the 2014 NCHBA legislative meetings June 20th-21st. Here are some pictures from the event.
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Sen. Thom Goolsby with BASE's Tyler Newman and WCFHBA Directors Deans Hackney and Dave Thomas.

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Rep. Rick Catlin of New Hanover County and Rep. Chris Millis of Pender and Onslow Counties with WCFHBA Executive Officer Cameron Moore, President Craig Johnson, and Directors Deans Hackney and Dave Thomas.

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Local HBA members and staff meet with Rep. Chris Millis of Pender and Onslow Counties.
 
Waters of the U.S. Update PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 16 May 2014 10:37

On April 21st, NAHB Senior Vice President Susan Asmus sent a letter to the EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on behalf of the association’s 140,00 members regarding the agencies’ new Waters of the United States proposal. In her letter, she asked for the comment period to be extended 90 days past the current July 21st deadline. You can read her letter online at

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Asmus cites the length and complexity of the proposal along with its dense accompanying set of data and legal opinions as the primary reasons for the extension. In addition, the NAHB is concerned about the proposal’s potential impact on permitting and the ambiguous nature of the regulations rolled out by the agencies.

At the national level, there is a coalition of building and agriculture groups working in concert to at least extend the comment period and clarify the provisions of the proposal. There are upcoming Congressional hearings regarding Waters of the United States to address these concerns. BASE is also working with state legislators on potential action that could be taken here in North Carolina.

 
McIntyre Secures Extension for Expiring Carolina Beach Renourishment PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 16 May 2014 07:29
WASHINGTON D.C. - U.S. Congressman Mike McIntyre announced today that Congress will authorize an extension of the Carolina Beach renourishment  project through the Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2014.


The fifty-year Carolina Beach renourishment project was set to expire this year, with no method for extension. The WRRDA bill authorizes a three-year extension of coastal storm damage projects which are scheduled to expire in the next five years, including Carolina Beach. In addition, it creates a process by which successful projects can be extended by up to 15 years with the help of federal funds.

 

Congressman McIntyre recently announced that an additional $2.7 million in Congressionally appropriated funds will be available for Carolina Beach to complete this year’s beach nourishment.

 

Congressman McIntyre introduced legislation known as the BEACH Act, to renew this project during the last two sessions of Congress and has made the Carolina Beach nourishment reauthorization one of his top priorities.

 

Congressman McIntyre was instrumental in the effort to include language in the final WRRDA Bill to allow for an extension of successful beach nourishment projects such as the one ongoing at Carolina Beach. During negotiations on the final House and Senate compromise version of the bill, McIntyre convened a bipartisan coalition of Members of Congress who urged leaders in both chambers to include coastal nourishment reauthorization language in the final bill, citing the immense value of renourishment projects across the country.

 

Congressman McIntyre also personally advocated for the reauthorization of coastal storm mitigation projects on Carolina and Kure Beach during a speech on the U.S. House floor in October 2013 when the WRRDA bill was before the U.S. House; a video of his remarks can be seen here.

A House-Senate agreement on the final WRRDA Bill was finalized this week after months of negotiations between the two chambers.

 

It has been seven years since the passage of a WRRDA bill, a comprehensive piece of legislation that authorizes the Army Corps of Engineers' participation in water– related infrastructure projects.

 

Congressman McIntyre is the Chairman and Co-Founder of the Congressional Waterways Caucus and has long been an advocate for coastal storm damage reduction projects. Representative McIntyre has secured hundreds of millions of dollars for coastal nourishment, inlet dredging, and harbor maintenance during his time in Congress.  

 
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