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Notice of Finding of No Significant Impact and Notice of Intent to Release Funds

Published:  May 27, 2020

On or about June 12, 2020, the Sonoma County Community Development Commission will submit a request to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for the release of $600,000, as authorized by the United States Housing Act of 1937, Section 8(c)(9), as amended, to undertake a project known as 330 Hewett St. for the purpose of providing affordable housing.

The project is the acquisition and new construction of up to twelve (12) single-family homes, some of which will be affordable to households earning less than 80% Area Median Income, located on a 0.67 acre parcel (APN 010-700-015) with address 330 Hewett Street in Santa Rosa, Sonoma County, California 95401. The project may or may not include demolition or rehabilitation of an existing single-family residence and detached garage on the property constructed in 1914. Future development of the site will be guided by a developer selected through a competitive public  Request for Proposals (RFP) process. As U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development funds from the Community Development Block Grant program (CDBG), will be used to acquire the property, the highest and best use of the property will be considered in the Environmental Review conducted under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), including the future development of single-family housing on the property. Development plans are not available at this time. 

The total project cost is estimated to be $600,000 to acquire the property.

Finding of No Significant Impact

The Sonoma County Community Development Commission 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 (NEPA) of 1969 is not required. Additional project information is contained in the Environmental Review Record (ERR). The ERR will be made available to the public for review either electronically or by U.S. mail. Please submit your request by U.S. mail to Kirsten Larsen at Sonoma County Community Development Commission, 1440 Guerneville Road, Santa Rosa, CA 95403 or by email to kirsten.larsen@sonoma-county.org. The ERR can be downloaded electronically at the link below.

Public Comments

Any individual, group or agency disagreeing with this determination or wishing to comment on the project may submit written comments to Kirsten Larsen, Sonoma County Community Development Commission, 1440 Guerneville Road, Santa Rosa, CA 95403 or by email to kirsten.larsen@sonoma-county.org. All comments received by 5:00 PM on June 11, will be considered by the Sonoma County Community Development Commission prior to submission of a request for release of funds. Comments should specify which Notice they are addressing.

Environmental Certification

The Sonoma County Community Development Commission certifies to U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development that Barbie Robinson in her capacity as Interim Executive Director 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 Sonoma County Community Development Commission to use Program funds.

Objections

U.S. HUD Office will accept objections to the Responsible Entity’s (RE) Request for Release of Funds and Environmental Certification for a period of fifteen days following the submission date specified above or the actual receipt of the request (whichever is later) only if they are on the following bases: (a) the certification was not executed by the Certifying Officer of the Sonoma County Community Development Commission; (b) the RE has omitted a step or failed to make a determination or finding required by HUD regulations at 24 CFR Part 58 or by CEQ regulations at 40 CFR 1500-1508, as applicable; (c) the RE has omitted one or more steps in the preparation, completion or publication of the Environmental Assessment or Environmental Impact Study per 24 CFR Subparts E, F or G of Part 58, as applicable; (d) the grant recipient or other participants in the development process has committed funds for or undertaken activities not authorized by 24 CFR Part 58 before release of funds and approval of the environmental certification; (e) another Federal, State or local agency has submitted a written finding that the project is unsatisfactory from the standpoint of environmental quality. Objections shall be addressed to both Eric Christensen, the HUD Office of Community Planning and Development (CPD) representative for Sonoma County, and the San Francisco CPD field office at the following emails: Eric.F.Christensen@hud.gov and SFCPDMail@hud.gov . Potential objectors should contact both Eric Christensen and the San Francisco CPD Field Office at Eric.F.Christensen@hud.gov and SFCPDMail@hud.gov to verify the actual last day of the objection period.

 

Barbie Robinson, Interim Executive Director and NEPA Certifying Officer

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