COMBINED NOTICE OF PUBLIC EXPLANATION FOR
IMPLEMENTING AN ACTION LOCATED IN A FLOODPLAIN;
STATEMENT OF FINDING OF NO SIGNIFICANT IMPACT;
AND NOTICE OF INTENT TO REQUEST RELEASE OF FUNDS
February 3, 2007
Applicant: City & County of Honolulu
Department of Community Services
715 South King Street, Suite 311
Honolulu, Hawaii 96813
Phone: (808) 768-7762
TO ALL INTERESTED AGENCIES, GROUPS AND PERSONS:
This Notice shall satisfy the above cited three separate related procedural notification requirements.
NOTICE OF APPROVAL OF A PROJECT LOCATED IN A FLOODPLAIN
A notice appeared in the Honolulu Star Bulletin on November 28, 2006, inviting comments regarding a project proposed by Central Oahu Youth Services Association (COYSA) under the United States Department of Housing and Urban Developments Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program Fiscal Year 2007. The project entails demolition of a building currently located at 66-508 Haleiwa Road Haleiwa, Hawaii, Tax Map Key 6-6-013:011. The property is located within Zone VE (coastal flood zone with velocity hazard) flood zone identified on the Federal Insurance Rate Map (FIRM), 15003C0105G, June 02, 2005.
In complying with Executive Order 11988 for projects in the base floodplain, the City & County of Honolulu has completed an evaluation concerning potential impacts on the floodplain and possible alternative actions. The conclusion was there is no practicable alternative to demolishing the building in the VE flood zone. The proposed project would help restore the floodplain to its natural terrain and remove a substandard structure.
Alternatives considered included an alternative location outside of the floodplain, an alternative method to secure the project objective, and no action.
Accordingly, upon compliance with the review period herein, the City & County of Honolulu will approve this project.
Written comments regarding the Citys decision should be received within 15 days of publication of this notice. Comments should be sent to Deborah Kim Morikawa, Director, Department of Community Services, 715 South King Street, Suite 311, Honolulu, Hawaii 96813.
REQUEST FOR RELEASE OF FUNDS
On or about February 21, 2007 the City & County of Honolulu will submit a request to the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for the release of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds under Title I of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974 for the following project:
Project: Central Oahu Youth Services Association, Inc. Demolition
Location: 66-508 Haleiwa Road, Haleiwa, Hawaii
Tax Map Key: 6-6-013:011
Activity Description: Provision of CDBG funds to Central Oahu Youth Services Association, Inc. to demolish an abandoned building due to deteriorated conditions and health and safety concerns for youth occupants of the property.
Total Cost: $50,000
FINDING OF NO SIGNIFICANT IMPACT
The City & County of Honolulu has determined that the project will have no significant impact on the environment. Therefore, an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) is not required. Additional project information is contained in the Environmental Review Record (ERR) on file and available for public examination and copying upon request at the Department of Community Services, 715 South King Street, Suite 311, Honolulu, Hawaii, between the hours of 7:45 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Any individual, group, or agency disagreeing with this determination or wishing to comment on the project may submit written comments to Deborah Kim Morikawa, Director, Department of Community Services, 715 South King Street, Suite 311, Honolulu, Hawaii 96813. All comments received by February 20, 2007 will be considered by the City & County of Honolulu prior to the submission of a Request for Release of Funds. Commenter should specify which part of the Notice they are addressing.
RELEASE OF FUNDS
The City & County of Honolulu certifies to HUD that Mary Patricia Waterhouse in her capacity as Director of the Department of Budget and Fiscal Services of the City & County of Honolulu 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 approval of the certification satisfies its responsibilities under NEPA and related laws and authorities and allows the City & County of Honolulu to use Program funds.
OBJECTIONS TO RELEASE OF FUNDS
HUD will accept objections to its release of funds and the City & County of Honolulus certification for a period of fifteen (15) 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 City & County of Honolulu; (b) the City & County of Honolulu has omitted a step or failed to make a decision or finding required by HUD regulations at 24 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), Part 58; (c) the grant recipient has committed funds or incurred costs 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) and shall be addressed to Hawaii State Office, United States Department of Housing and Urban Development, 500 Ala Moana Boulevard, Suite 3A, Honolulu, Hawaii 96813. Potential objectors should contact HUD to verify the actual last day of the objection period.
MARY PATRICIA WATERHOUSE, Director
Department of Budget and Fiscal Services
By order of:
Mufi Hannemann, Mayor
City and County of Honolulu (SB05527423 2/3/07)
COMBINED NOTICE OF PUBLIC EXPLANATION FOR