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BASE Provides Letter to Census Bureau Regarding Urban Area Criteria Rulemaking

Business Alliance for a Sound Economy (BASE) is a regional business advocacy organization in southeastern North Carolina. BASE partners with organizations like the Wilmington Chamber of Commerce, Wilmington Cape Fear Home Builders Association and Brunswick County Association of REALTORS to advocate for growth and investment in southeastern North Carolina. Since Brunswick County was removed from

BASE Comments to Southport Planning Board on Short Term Rentals

At their meeting on May 20, the Southport Planning Board is set to hold a public hearing on proposed Short Term Rental Regulations. Prior to their meeting, BASE submitted the following comments:   At your meeting this evening, you are set to consider enhancements to the Southport’s Short Term Rental Ordinance. Due to specifics of

Governor Cooper Continues Lifting COVID Restrictions

On April 28, Governor Roy Cooper signed an Executive Order outlining safety measures for the month of May. Executive Order No. 209 will take effect April 30 and is set to expire June 1. As more North Carolinians get vaccinated and adhere to safety protocols over the course of the next month, the state anticipates

Wilmington Land Development Code — A Few Things to Know

In April, the City of Wilmington formally unveiled the full version of the new Land Development Code. This new Code and zoning map, based on the City’s Comprehensive Plan, will guide investment in the City over the coming decades. Due to its importance, BASE and our partners have been working over the past year+ to

MPO Guidance on Six Major Wilmington Interchanges

Recently both Wilmington City Council and the Wilmington MPO heard updates from NCDOT regarding a host of interchange projects as well as insight into the potential options for the extension of Independence Boulevard from Randall Parkway to MLK. For the intersections, six major grade separated interchanges were highlighted: MLK/Eastwood/Market MLK/Kerr MLK/College College/Oleander College/Carolina Beach Rd

Push Continues for Sustainable State Shoreline Funding

As you may have seen recently in local media (here or here), the push for statewide shoreline funding is continuing to build momentum. At this point, it is important to educate inland business groups and legislators on the statewide economic importance of beaches. The draft resolution below is one method our advocacy partners are employing


Onslow County’s new preliminary flood maps are available for public review by visiting THIS LINK In the upper right corner of the screen, use the drop down menu to flip between the Effective (current) and Preliminary (new) maps. It is advisable to go to a specific property and see the impacts of the new maps.  Above

Pender Commissioner Suggests Moratorium To Encourage Realtor, Home Builder Support of Hampstead Bypass

From the Wilmington Star-News: BURGAW — The Pender County Board of Commissioners last week reiterated their frustrations with the county school board and residential developers — especially those with operations in and around Hampstead. Commissioner David Williams, as he has done in the past, floated the idea of a development moratorium in Hampstead, this time

From Greater Wilmington Business Journal: “Business Alliance Works To Broaden Its Reach”

When lawmakers return to Raleigh for the state legislature’s short session in April, Tyler Newman will be there. He’s the new president and CEO of Business Alliance for a Sound Economy (BASE), an advocacy organization founded in 2003 to encourage investment in the region. His presence when the N.C. General Assembly convenes April 25 and

New Hanover Comprehensive Plan Lurches Forward…One Chapter At A Time

The major local issue on our radar continues to be the Comprehensive Plans underway at both New Hanover County and the City of Wilmington. These two separate documents will guide the next several decades of decisions on economic development, growth, land use, recreation and public space. Both will be the backbone for new land development