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


  After continuing the on-street parking item in their October meeting, in January, the Leland Town Council moved forward with REQUIRING structured or on-street parking in future phases or new subdivisions in the town. What does this mean? Even though you house has a garage and a driveway, the developer now has to provide 1

BASE Announces Leadership for 2016, Newman Named President & CEO

WILMINGTON, N.C. – Business Alliance for a Sound Economy, an advocacy organization promoting investment in Southeastern North Carolina, has announced its Board of Directors for 2016. Additionally, the organization has named Tyler Newman President & CEO, effective January 1. “We are planning for a big year,” Chairman Brian Eckel said. “We have a group of

Brunswick County Development Improvement Efforts

Brunswick County is continuing efforts to improve the project approval process while preserving the quality of life that is so important to the vitality of the community. The Board of Commissioners adopted comprehensive revisions to the Unified Development Ordnance in March that provide considerable  flexibility to meet project needs, as well as incentives to encourage

Connect NC Bond Kicks Off Campaign

According to Governor McCrory, it’s been 15 years since the last general obligation bond was authorized to upgrade our state’s infrastructure and since then North Carolina has added 2 million people in population. The $2 billion bond will connect North Carolina to the 21st century through statewide investments in education, parks, safety, recreation and water

2016 General Election Filing Underway

Candidate filing started December 1 in preparation for the statewide primary on March 15. In addition to the race for President, other contested seats will be for US Congress, NC General Assembly, New Hanover Commissioners (3), Brunswick Commissioners (3), Pender Commissioners (2), Onslow Commissioners (5) and the Connect NC Bond. Brunswick County voters may also

Court blocks Obama’s water rule nationwide

By Timothy Cama A federal court ruled Friday that President Obama’s regulation to protect small waterways from pollution cannot be enforced nationwide. In a 2-1 ruling, the Cincinnati-based Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit delivered a stinging defeat to Obama’s most ambitious effort to keep streams and wetlands clean, saying it looks likely that

Wilmington Chamber of Commerce partners with BASE for government affairs

WILMINGTON, N.C. – The Wilmington Chamber of Commerce has entered into a partnership with the Business Alliance for a Sound Economy (BASE) for government affairs services, BASE announced today. “Streamlining regional efforts was a key objective in the Garner Report and we are pleased to be coordinating advocacy with BASE,” said Wilmington Chamber President &

REMINDER: Waters of the U.S. Seminar October 5, 2015

Please join us from 9:00-11:00 am to hear from Craig Bromby and David Syster.   BASE and the Wilmington Chamber of Commerce are proud to co-present “Waters of the U.S.: How will this rule impact you?”  The rules went into effect August 28, 2015.  Come hear firsthand from environmental and legal experts on the various

Onslow Housing Summit

In August, the Onslow County Board of Commissioners scheduled a housing summit to address concerns of many homeowners questioning whether the area’s saturated housing market can recover previous years’ values. The forum consisted of speakers from Jacksonville, Richlands, Holly Ridge, North Topsail Beach, Swansboro, Camp Lejeune, Onslow County Planning and Development and Onslow County Attorney’s