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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

N.C. Water and Wastewater Infrastructure 2017 Master Plan

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 utility …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

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

Protecting Utilities with a Practical, Cost-Effective Cybersecurity Program

Key takeaways Utilities are frequently targeted by cyber-attackers because they represent a critical component of infrastructure and are aggregating large quantities. Utilities of all sizes are a target, particularly in view of their increased reliance on data and proliferation of ransomware that can disable or disrupt services. “It is a technical issue, and we have good IT” is not an answer. Even the best IT is vulnerable. Technical assessments alone …Read More