Final Notice and Public Explanation of a Proposed Activity in a 100-Year Floodplain
To: All interested Agencies, Groups and Individuals
This is to give notice that the City and County of Honolulu (City) has conducted an evaluation as required by Executive Order 11988, in accordance with HUD regulations at 24 CFR 55.20 Subpart C Procedures for Making Determinations on Floodplain Management, to determine the potential affect that its activity in the floodplain and wetland will have on the human environment for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program under HUD Grant Agreement Number B16-MC-15-0001. The proposed project is located at 1751 & 1753 Nanea Street, in Honolulu, Hawaii, Oahu. The project will consist of the acquisition of two buildings, which include sixteen one-bedroom/one-bath units and one two-bedroom/one-bath unit of housing and parking. The property is partially located within the Special Flood Hazard Area Subject to Inundation by the 1% Annual Chance of Flood, Zone AO, 100-Year Flood, 1 to 3 feet, with Sheet Flows, identified on the Federal Insurance Rate Map (FIRM), 15003C0366G, Revised January 19, 2011. The total area of the project site is 10,752 square feet (SF).
The City has considered the following alternatives and mitigation measures to be taken to minimize adverse impacts and to restore and preserve natural and beneficial values: It is reasonable to acquire the project within the floodplain since flood insurance will also be in place. The acquisition of this property is necessary due to: 1) the need to provide housing and services to low-moderate income families; 2) the ability to mitigate and minimize impacts on human health, public property and floodplain values; and 3) the limited availability of real estate for acquisition in this target area.
The City has reevaluated the alternatives to acquiring property in the floodplain and has determined that it has no practicable alternative. Environmental files that document compliance with steps 3 through 6 of Executive Order 11988 are available for public inspection, review and copying upon request at the times and location delineated in the last paragraph of this notice for receipt of comments. This activity will have no significant impact on the environment for the following reasons: The acquisition of this property will not involve any construction or disturbance to the site, therefore no direct impacts to the floodplain will result. Additionally, in order to minimize risks to human life and property, evacuation plans and flood insurance will be required.
There are three primary purposes for this notice. First, people who may be affected by activities in the floodplain and those who have an interest in the protection of the natural environment should be given an opportunity to express their concerns and provide information about these areas. Second, an adequate public notice program can be an important public educational tool. The dissemination of information and request for public comment about floodplains can facilitate and enhance Federal efforts to reduce the risks and impacts associated with the occupancy and modification of these special areas. Third, as a matter of fairness, when the Federal government determines it will participate in actions taking place in floodplains, it must inform those who may be put at greater or continued risk.
Written comments must be received by the City at the following address on or before January 25, 2018: Pamela A. Witty-Oakland, Director, Department of Community Services, 925 Dillingham Boulevard, Suite 200, Honolulu, Hawaii 96817, 808-768-7760, Attention: Stephen Karel, Acting Administrator. A full description of the project may also be reviewed between the hours of 7:45 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, at the same address as above. Comments may also be submitted via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pamela A. Witty-Oakland, Director
Department of Community Services
By Order of KIRK CALDWELL, MAYOR
City and County of Honolulu