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June 2017

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, Cumberland …Read More

Raleigh Union Station – An Example of Federal, State and Local Cooperation

Sometimes the stars align and all of our levels of government work together to build something for the future. That happened with Raleigh’s Union Station project a couple of years ago. Raleigh Union Station will serve as downtown Raleigh’s multi-modal hub for rail and transit services. It is located in the Warehouse District and connects downtown with Glenwood South and the neighborhoods between downtown and Dorothea Dix Park. The federal …Read More

More Apartments on the Horizon

This month, my parents downsized from their 4-bedroom home of over 43 years, moving into a 2-bedroom Midtown Green apartment. While unique in their own rights, my parents are not unique in their recent move.  According to a recent study commissioned by the National Multifamily Housing Council (NMHC) and the National Apartment Association (NAA), 4.6 million new apartment units will be needed by 2030, in part, because people over 65 …Read More

Securing Water Supplies for Future Growth in North Carolina

Securing adequate water for future growth and development is an essential need of local governments. In order to ensure adequate access to future water supplies, a fundamental step is the development and/or enhancement of a Local Water Supply Plan (“Local Plan”). Local Plans include water use data, population projections, and present and future water supplies. In North Carolina, N.C. Gen. Stat. § 143-355(l) requires all local governments (or large community …Read More

Alternative Gas (Biogas) Standards for North Carolina

Piedmont Natural Gas Company filed a petition with the N.C. Utilities Commission on December 6, 2016, requesting approval of proposed terms and conditions for which Piedmont will accept alternative gas onto its system. Alternative gas may include supplies from sources such as landfills, swine waste-to-energy facilities, and poultry waste-to-energy facilities. Several parties petitioned to intervene, including the N.C. Pork Council, the N.C. Sustainable Energy Association, Enerdyne Power Systems, Inc., the Renewable …Read More