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Brunswick County’s New Long-Term Strategic Vision

Brunswick County is beginning the process of formulating a new long-term strategic vision to guide county officials as they chart a course for the future. The planning and visioning process will include extensive public input, both in the form of public meetings and an online survey. Once citizens have provided their input, the committee will

Brunswick County Names New Economic Development Director

After dissolving their Economic Development Commission this past July, the county has named Michael DiTullo its new Economic Development Director. “As a member of the interview panel, I can attest to the fact that we had the opportunity to meet with a number of extremely qualified candidates,” said Commissioner Frank Williams. “Michael DiTullo has extensive

Wilmington Chamber InterCity Visit to Charleston Provides Insights Into Economic Development and Preservation Practices

Wilmington, NC—37 area business leaders and elected officials have returned from a two‐day InterCity Leadership Visit to Charleston, SC, organized by the Wilmington Chamber of Commerce, with numerous takeaways on how Charleston has encouraged economic development while retaining quality of place and increasing tourism. The Wilmington Chamber organized the trip to introduce the local delegation

Closing Process Changes: What To Expect

New mortgage disclosure rules will take effect Oct. 3, and lenders and real estate brokerages are quickly preparing for what has been predicted to be big changes to home closings. Mortgage lenders will be required to begin using new consumer disclosure forms on Oct. 3. The changes will merge the HUD-1 Settlement Statement, the Good

Leland Text Amendments

Last month Leland Town Officials took up three text amendments. The first amendment council adopted TXT 15-8548 Building Height Amendments to Sec 30-182 & Sec 30-313 raises the maximum building height from 35 to 40 feet in all of the zoning districts listed in Chapter 30 with the exception of the Conservation District.  BASE supported

New NC Department of Transportation Secretary

  Nick Tennyson was named as Secretary of the North Carolina Department of Transportation in August 2015. He is the former two term mayor of Durham from 1997-2001.  The newly named Secretary also served as Executive Officer of the HBA of Durham, Orange and Chatham Counties for almost 20 years from 1995-2013.  Most recently, Tennyson as

Why every property owner should fear EPA’s “waters of the United States” rule

via FOX NEWS: The Environmental Protection Agency released its final rule last week defining “waters of the United States” (WOTUS), a measure that hugely expands the ability of this aggressive agency to disregard the conservation efforts of American states and interfere with the daily lives and property  of the American people. Not only does this

Waters of the US-Summary

provided by NAR and RLI: The Final Rule was released on May 27, 2015. While the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) made several changes to the proposed rule in response to public comments, the final rule still expands federal jurisdiction over more U.S. waters beyond current practice, guidance and the limitations affirmed by two Supreme Court

EPA Issues Final Waters of US Rule

The EPA Administrator, Gina McCarthy, and the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Civil Works), JoEllen Darcy, signed the final Waters of the United States rule yesterday. You can  read the new rule here. The rule will be effective 60 days after publication in the Federal Register. For the last 18 months, BASE has worked diligently to

Obama Set to Strengthen Federal Role in Clean Water Regulation

From the New York Times By CORAL DAVENPORT The Obama administration is expected in the coming days to announce a major clean water regulation that would restore the federal government’s authority to limit pollution in the nation’s rivers, lakes, streams and wetlands. Environmentalists have praised the new rule, calling it an important step that would lead to