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N.C. Water and Wastewater Infrastructure 2017 Master Plan

Water Pipes

The N.C. State Water Infrastructure Authority was created in 2013 to assess and make recommendations concerning the State’s water and wastewater infrastructure needs and award funding. The Authority recently released the 2017 Master Plan for North Carolina’s water and wastewater infrastructure.

The Master Plan is designed as a resource for owners and operators of water and wastewater utilities and systems that serve the public. It identifies best practices for

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Streamlining Siting of Small Wireless Facilities Around the State


House Bill 310 – Wireless Communications Infrastructure Siting – passed both the NC House and Senate overwhelmingly and was signed by the Governor on July 21, 2017 – Session Law 2017-159. Among the legislative findings was that, “[t]he design, engineering, permitting, construction, modification, maintenance, and operation of wireless facilities are instrumental to the provision of emergency services and to increasing access to advanced technology and information for the

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NC Legislature Restructures State Renewable Energy Policy

Solar Panel

Currently sitting on Governor Cooper’s desk awaiting signature, veto, or just allowing it to go into effect after 30 days, is the “Competitive Energy Solutions for NC” bill (HB 589). On the last day of the 2017 session, the North Carolina General Assembly passed this bill that would, among other things, restructure how North Carolina implements the federal Public Utilities Regulatory Policy Act of 1978 (“PURPA”).  This legislation would

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Water and Sewer System Development Fee Legislation Awaits Governor’s Signature

Local governments, real estate developers, and all who are interested in how infrastructure development fees are allocated and assessed in North Carolina should take a moment to review House Bill 436, which was ratified by the General Assembly on June 29, 2017.

After much debate in the Legislature this session around the issue, the ratified version of HB 436 would not eliminate the authority of counties and cities to

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Opening of New Piedmont Triad Intermodal Transportation Station

Coble Intermodal Transportation Center

Multimodal transportation in the Triad took a giant step forward with the ribbon cutting for the Coble Intermodal Transportation Center.  The Center adjoins the headquarters of the Piedmont Authority for Regional Transportation (PART) and lies within a quarter mile of Piedmont Triad International Airport. It will have 12 bus slips, about 50 parking spots, and a 2,000-square-foot terminal.

The facility is named in honor of former US Congressman Howard

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Atlantic Coast Pipeline Applies for Permits in NC

The Atlantic Coast Pipeline is one of the most significant interstate natural gas transmission projects proposed in North Carolina in the past sixty years. The proposed pipeline would begin in Harrison County, West Virginia and extend approximately 550 miles, crossing Virginia into North Carolina, transporting natural gas south from the Marcellus Shale region. The final route of the pipeline is expected to traverse Northampton, Halifax, Nash, Wilson, Johnston, Sampson,

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