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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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BASE Panel Updates NCBIWA on Waters of the United States PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 20 November 2014 09:07

BASE's Tyler Newman addresses attendeed at the NCBIWA Annual Meeting at the Blockade Runner in Wrightsville Beach. (Photo: Cole Dittmer, Lumina News)

Thank you to BASE members Matt Hanchey (Hunton & Williams) and Jim Spangler (Spangler Environmental) for serving on a panel with BASE staff at the North Carolina Beach Inlet and Waterway (NCBIWA) Annual Meeting at Wrightsville Beach. Full Lumina News coverage can be found HEREHERE
The panel gave an update on Waters of the United States to crowd of 200 from around coastal North Carolina. Mr. Hanchey provided background on the rulemaking and Mr. Spangler discussed the new provisions and their impact in the field. The discussion was especially timely as public comment on the proposed rule closed on November 14. 
Stay tuned as BASE will provide immediate updates regarding this issue. In the meantime, please contact Senator Burr, Senator Hagan and Senator-elect Tillis and remind them of the importance of this issue to North Carolina’s economy and future. 

Controversy Stirs Over Proposed Changes to Clean Water Act PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 18 November 2014 09:21

WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH -- Jurisdiction over certain waterways in the state could be changing.

This topic made Monday's agenda for the two-day annual Conference of the North Carolina Beach, Inlet and Waterway Association in Wrightsville Beach.

The Environmental Protection Agency's current effort to clarify what's protected under the Clean Water Act has caused ripples in some coastal communities.

"Ditches and drainage areas that we maintain within the town would become potentially navigable waters under the new EPA rule so that would create considerable amount more oversight, regulatory concerns that we have to deal with," said Mayor Dan Wilcox of Carolina Beach.

During the conference, the Business Alliance for a Sound Economy (BASE) shared its opposition with dozens of coastal community leaders in the audience.

"I think economic development and investment throughout the U.S. would be a concern, and the negative impacts because of the permitting and uncertainty regarding a piece of property and what you may be able to build there," said Tyler Newman with BASE.

But the EPA's website clearly stated the new rule does not protect new types of waters, broaden the coverage of the Act, regulate groundwater or expand jurisdiction over ditches.

It said the rule change is meant to protect the large number of vulnerable streams and wetlands which drive economic development.

"The North Carolina Coastal Federation is not against development, but when you start affecting the water quality and how those waters affect the natural resources, that has a definite detrimental economic effect on the coast," said Mike Giles with the NC Coastal Federation.

With the public comment period closing last Friday, Giles urged people to let the process take its course and see what the rule actually entails.

Meanwhile, opponents encouraged everyone to get in touch with U.S. senators and push them to pass the bill that halts the rule change.

"We've seen it numerous times before where there's been a lot of public comment, a lot of reason why something shouldn't be done and the federal government moves forward anyway," said Mayor Wilcox.

Officials did not give a definite timeline for when this new rule may take effect.

Opponents said they're working with outgoing, incoming and returning U.S. senators to try and get a bill designed to stop the change passed as soon as possible.

The bill already passed through the House.

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NCDOT Board Members Want Legislature To Decide on New Fees PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 06 November 2014 13:59
The state Board of Transportation agreed Wednesday to tell the legislature that new fees would be needed to eliminate taxpayer subsidies that now pay for services the state Department of Transportation performs for developers and other businesses – but board members made it clear that legislators would be responsible for any fee increases.

“To be clear, we are not implementing fees,” said Ned Curran of Charlotte, the board chairman.
The General Assembly this year directed DOT – in response to a recommendation from DOT itself – to report on what new or increased fees would be needed to cover the full cost of regulating billboards, subdivisions and oversize trucks, and monitoring utility line installation and other construction along state roads.
Builders complain that DOT takes too long to perform inspections and approve subdivision plans. Curran and Jeff Sheehan of Raleigh, both real estate executives who use the free or low-fee services, said any fees should be linked to a commitment for more responsive action from DOT.
“There’s an opportunity to take a look at the customer service for the developers who are submitting (plans) for these approvals,” Sheehan said.
Mike Holder, DOT’s chief engineer, and David Tyeryar, chief financial officer, expanded a proposed fee schedule they had introduced at an October meeting. They said some of the fees had been modified after they received feedback from affected businesses.
The services are subsidized with North Carolina’s gas tax, one of the highest in the nation, which is used to pave roads and repair bridges. Asked for the amount of the annual taxpayer subsidy, a sum reflected in the suggested new fees, Holder and Tyeryar offered what they called conservative estimates of $4 million to $7 million.
But using their recommended fee schedules along with DOT statistics for permits issued and inspections and reviews performed each year, The News & Observer estimated that the new fees would bring in more than $12 million a year.
A legislative oversight committee will receive the suggested fee schedule in December. Business people affected by the fees probably will have a chance to express concerns to legislators, Curran said.
“No one wants to have additional fees,” Curran said. “I think the message to the legislature here is to correlate fees and charges with the services that are provided.”

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