NOTICE OF FINDING OF NO SIGNFICANT IMPACT AND
NOTICE OF INTENT TO REQUEST RELEASE OF FUNDS
March 10, 2023
Kauai County Housing Agency
4444 Rice Street, Suite 330
Lihue, Hawaii 96766
These notices shall satisfy two separate but related procedural requirements for activities to be undertaken by Kauai County Housing Agency.
REQUEST FOR RELEASE OF FUNDS
On or about March 28, 2023, the County of Kauai will authorize the Kauai County Housing Agency to submit a request to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for the release of funds for Project-Based Vouchers under Section 8(o)(13) of the Housing Act of 1937, (42 USC 1437f), as amended, to undertake a project known as Lima Ola Kupuna located in Eleele, Hawaii, 96705 and listed at Lot #2 of Lima Ola Subdivision for the purpose of funding the development of 40 mixed units for low-income households in Kauai County, Hawaii. The total funding for the project is estimated to be Twenty-Three Million Nine Hundred Twenty-One Thousand Five Hundred Eighteen Dollars ($23,921,518.00), plus twenty (20) years of ten (10) Project-Based Vouchers with an estimated value of Five Million One Hundred Two Thousand Four Hundred Forty-Eight Dollars ($5,102,448.00). The Lima Ola Kupuna project consists of nine, single story residential buildings, which will feature 40 mixed units. Accessible units will be made available to those with mobility and sensory impairments. The project includes income set asides at 30% and 60% of Area Median Income(“AMI”). With ten units approved for project-based vouchers, the project will expand its reach to families earning less than 30% AMI. Non-Residential improvements include 50 on-site parking stalls, community Garden and Seating Area, indoor/outdoor community flex space, and a general storage area. Lima Ola Kupuna will provide regular social and recreational activities for all residents. Independent organizations will also be coordinated to arrange for a variety of services and activities on site, free of charge to tenants.
FINDING OF NO SIGNIFICANT IMPACT
The Kauai County Housing Agency has determined that the project will have no significant impact on the human environment. Therefore, an Environmental Impact Statement under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) is not required. Additional project information is contained in the Environmental Review Record (ERR) on file at the Kauai County Housing Agency 4444 Rice Street, Suite 330, Lihue, Hawaii 96766 and may be examined or copied weekdays 8 A.M to 4 P.M or online at www.kauai.gov/housing.
Any individual, group, or agency may submit written comments on the ERR to the Kauai County Housing Agency, 4444 Rice Street, Suite 330, Lihue, Hawaii 96766, Attention: Adam Roversi or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. All comments received by March 27, 2023 will be considered by the Kauai County Housing Agency prior to authorizing submission of a request for release of funds. Comments should specify which Notice they are addressing.
The Kauai County Housing Agency certifies to HUD that Derek S.K.Kawakami in his/her capacity as Mayor consents to accept the jurisdiction of the Federal Courts if an action is brought to enforce responsibilities in relation to the environmental review process and that these responsibilities have been satisfied. HUD’s approval of the certification satisfies its responsibilities under NEPA and related laws and authorities and allows the Kauai County Housing Agency to use Program funds.
OBJECTIONS TO RELEASE OF FUNDS
HUD will accept objections to its release of fund and the Kauai County Housing Agency’s certification for a period of fifteen days following the anticipated submission date or its actual receipt of the request (whichever is later) only if they are on one of the following bases: (a) the certification was not executed by the Certifying Officer of the Kauai County Housing Agency; (b) the Kauai County Housing Agency has omitted a step or failed to make a decision or finding required by HUD regulations at 24 CFR part 58; (c) the grant recipient or other participants in the development process have committed funds, incurred costs or undertaken activities not authorized by 24 CFR Part 58 before approval of a release of funds by HUD; or (d) another Federal agency acting pursuant to 40 CFR Part 1504 has submitted a written finding that the project is unsatisfactory from the standpoint of environmental quality. Objections must be prepared and submitted in accordance with the required procedures (24 CFR Part 58, Sec. 58.76) and shall be addressed to Jesse Wu at U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development, Office of Public Housing, 1003 Bishop Sreet, Suite 2100, Honolulu, Hawaii, 96816 or by email at Jesse.Wu@hud.gov. Potential objectors should contact HUD to verify the actual last day of the objection period.
Derek S.K Kawakami, Mayor
County of Kauai