Brunswick and Pender Host Flood Map Meetings

The North Carolina Floodplain Mapping Program (NCFMP) held a public meeting in August about the newly released flood hazard and flood risk data on the preliminary Flood Insurance Study (FIS) for the areas of Brunswick County. This meeting was hosted by Brunswick County and was regarding the recently updated FIS for portions of Brunswick County flood hazard

Municipal Elections Reminder

We are now gearing up for municipal elections this fall.   Since this is an odd-numbered year, the elections will feature Mayors and Town Council candidates across our region. Some candidates, such as Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo, are running unopposed. Other races like Wilmington Council, Carolina Beach Mayor and Kure Beach Mayor promise to be

2015 General Assembly Update

HB 44 Local Government Regulatory Reform 2015 contains several very important provisions to our industry. Contains a provision inserted by BASE that would not allow for local governments to insert a definition of dwelling unit, bedroom, or sleeping unit that is more expansive than any definition of the same. Meaning that the state Building Code

2015-2016 Budget Approved and Signed by the Governor

The House and Senate approved a $21.735 billion budget agreement.  There are many aspects to the budget but from Coastal standpoint there has been monies set aside for dredging our shallow draft and deep draft inlets.  There is also a provision to allow up to 6 terminal groins that could be approved within the State.  The


Both New Hanover County and the City of Wilmington remain engaged in separate comprehensive planning initiatives, both of which will set the course for future growth and guide updates to development regulations. Thank you to those that have participated in the meetings with New Hanover County Planning and provided feedback. The Planning Board and County

Minimum Design Criteria Workgroup

Over the past year BASE has been a part of the Minimum Design Criteria (MDC) subcommittee created from session law last year sponsored by Rep. Chris Millis.  The committee was tasked to come up with language to allow fast-track permitting for stormwater that encompass siting, site preparation, design, construction, and maintenance of stormwater best management

Two Major Transportation Initiatives-SC 31 Extension/Highway 74 Study

Two major transportation initiatives have seen forward momentum recently—both of which will have major impact in Brunswick County. SC31: The extension of SC31 into North Carolina has been a major discussion topic at the last few regional transportation planning meetings. Both North Carolina and South Carolina are committing to spend funds to complete the environmental

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