Early Notice and Public Review of a Proposed Acquisition Activity
in a 100-Year Floodplain
Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)
To: All interested Agencies, Groups and Individuals
This is to give notice that the City and County of Honolulu (City) under Part 58 has determined that the following proposed action under Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and B-17-MC-15-0001 is located in the 100-year floodplain, and the City will be identifying and evaluating practicable alternatives to locating the action in the floodplain and the potential impacts on the floodplain from the proposed action, 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 and Protection of Wetlands.
The City intends to utilize CDBG funds to acquire the following property in fee simple, then convey the property on a lease or operating license basis to an agency that will oversee the management and operation of the property.
The proposed project, located at 436 Ena Road, Honolulu, Hawaii 96815, is an eight-story building and parking structure, located in Waikiki, which would provide thirty-three (33) units of affordable housing, and a facility that will provide various services, to low- and moderate-income households.
The proposed property to be acquired is located within a Special Flood Hazard Area, Zone AE, Base Flood Elevation determined and identified on the Federal Insurance Rate Map (FIRM), Panel 366, Map Number 15003C0366G, Revised January 19, 2011, which is subject to a 1% or greater chance of flooding in any given year.
There are three (3) primary purposes for this notice. First, people who may be affected by activities in floodplains 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. Commenters are encouraged to offer alternative sites outside of the floodplain, alternative methods to serve the same project purpose, and methods to minimize and mitigate impacts. 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 submitted to Mr. Nelson H. Koyanagi, Jr., Director, Department of Budget and Fiscal Services, 530 South King Street, Room 208, Honolulu, Hawaii 96813, (808) 768-3901 on or before February 5, 2018. 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. Comments may also be submitted via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nelson H. Koyanagi, Jr., Director
Department of Budget and Fiscal Services
By Order of KIRK CALDWELL, MAYOR
City and County of Honolulu