The Town continues to work toward correcting the L06 CBRA map through
legislation and has worked with former Congressman Mike McIntyre of Poyner Spruill Attorneys at Law and The Ferguson Group in Washington, D.C.. Mr. McIntyre provides monthly updates to the Town on the progress made with legislators on Capital Hill.
July 31, 2019 U. S. Fish & Wildlife Service
Mayor Dan Tuman received a letter from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service dated July 31, 2019, regarding the changes to the L06 CBRA Map that affects the town's north end. The updated map makes corrections and all the residentially zoned area residences from 2083 New River Inlet Road to the New River Inlet are excluded from CBRS.
House Bill H.R. 2834 introduced by Rep. David Rouzer and Senate Bill S. 1406 introduced by Senators Tillis and Burr are a different matter. These Bills request that rest of the developed town from the north end to Myrtle Drive also be removed from CBRS.
January 22, 2018 Update from Mr. McIntyre:
North Topsail Beach – Continue to facilitate changes to the CBRA maps
We are pleased to report that on December 20, 2017, Representative Jones introduced legislation that would accept the final recommended maps proposed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) so long as they amend the maps to exclude from the Coastal Barrier Resources System (CBRS) those areas of North Topsail Beach serviced by a full complement of infrastructure prior to 1982. The bill language has officially been published and a bill number has been assigned: H.R. 4692. This legislation is a companion bill to S. 1745, the bill introduced by Senators Tillis and Burr last August to amend the boundaries of Topsail Unit L06. The language is nearly identical to the Senate bill with the exception of a date clarification that Representative Jones requested.
Poyner Spruill and The Ferguson Group will continue to work with Senators Tillis and Burr, as well as Representative Jones, to move the legislation through the subcommittee and full committee process. The first step in this process is to have a hearing at the subcommittee level. On the House side, it is our understanding that there may be an opportunity to consider the legislation at a hearing regarding the USFWS pilot mapping project, of which Topsail Unit L06 was part. House Natural Resources Committee Subcommittee on Water, Power and Oceans staff has suggested that they will hold a hearing sometime this year. The Senate will have to hold a similar hearing in order to approve all of the pilot project maps as well. Therefore, we will work with TISPC’s congressional delegation, as well as relevant subcommittee staff, to ensure that these hearings are held and that H.R. 4692 and S. 1745 are considered at the hearings.