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Hurricane Season Demonstrates Need for Smart Stormwater Management Practices

The devastating effects of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma in the past month have highlighted the challenges of responsible stormwater management that local governments around the country are facing.  Here in the Southeast, Smith Moore Leatherwood has helped facilitate several recent events where stormwater management practices were discussed and innovative ideas were exchanged. On August 24, we co-sponsored “How to be Water Smart in the Triangle,” where attendees saw local green …Read More

Update: Water and Sewer System Development Fee Bill becomes Law with Governor’s Signature

A few weeks ago, we noted how Ratified House Bill 436 might affect system development fees for public water and sewer systems in North Carolina.   On July 20, the Governor signed House Bill 436 into law.  For more information or an in depth analysis of how this legislation affects local government policies and/or development obligations of landowners, please contact Gray Styers, Tom Terrell, or Katye Jobe. Please follow and like …Read More

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 assess …Read More

North Carolina’s Cost Recovery Mechanism for Implementation of New PHMSA Excess Flow Valve Regulation for Natural Gas Distribution Pipelines

On April 14, 2017, the United States Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Material Safety Administration (“PHMSA”) effectively amended its regulations regarding the installation of excess flow valves (“EFVs”) on natural gas distribution pipelines (the “EFV regulation”). EFVs are safety devices designed to minimize the flow of natural gas in distribution pipelines when the gas flow exceeds a certain rate. The EFV regulation requires natural gas local distribution companies (“LDCs”) …Read More