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

Published:  October 4, 2019

Notice Date: October 4, 2019

 

Sonoma County Community Development Commission
1440 Guerneville Rd.
Santa Rosa, Ca. 95403
707-565-7526 
kirsten.larsen@sonoma-county.org


Project Name: Maxwell Farms Regional Park Master Plan Phase 1 Project
Project Location: 
100 Verano Avenue, Sonoma, CA 95476 (APN: 127-141-014).
Project Sponsor:
  Sonoma County Regional Parks

 

This notice shall satisfy the above-cited two separate but related procedural notification requirements for activities to be undertaken by Sonoma County. 

Request for Release of Funds

On or about October 23, 2019 the Sonoma County Community Development Commission will submit a request to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for the release of $75,000 under a Community Development Block Grant under Title I of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, as amended, to undertake a project known as Maxwell Farms Regional Park Master Plan Phase 1.

The Sonoma County Regional Parks Department (Regional Parks) proposes to implement Phase 1 (the Project) of the Maxwell Farms Regional Park Master Plan Update Project (Master Plan) within unincorporated Sonoma County, California to address American Disability Act (ADA) barrier removals at Maxwell Farms Regional Park. The proposed Project is located at 100 Verano Avenue, Sonoma, CA 95476, and consists of 6.951 acres, (Assessor’s Parcel Numbers [APNs] 127-141-014). 

The recently approved Master Plan outlines significant renovations and improvements to the overall park. The scope for the Phase IA Project to be constructed with requested CDBG and matching funds includes tree protection, demolition, clearing and grubbing, rough grading, and installation of underground utilities including sewer and  stormwater infrastructure (associated with the Master Plan for Phase 1 improvements).

 

The total estimated project cost is approximately $600,000.

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, and has determined that 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 Sonoma County Community Development Commission, 1440 Guerneville Rd., Santa Rosa, Ca. 95403, and may be examined or copied weekdays 8:00 A.M to 5:00 P.M. Monday through Friday

Public Comments

Any individual, group, or agency may submit written comments on the ERR to Kirsten Larsen, Construction Services Manager, Sonoma County Community Development Commission, 1440 Guerneville Rd., Santa Rosa, Ca. 95403.  All comments received by 5:00 PM on October 22, 2019 will be considered by the Sonoma County Community Development Commission prior to authorizing 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 HUD that Geoffrey M. Ross, in his capacity as the Executive Director of the Sonoma County Community Development Commission, and as the NEPA Certifying Officer, 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 to Release of Funds

HUD will accept objections to the Sonoma County Community Development Commission’s Request for Release of Funds and Environmental Certification for a period of fifteen days following the anticipated submission date specified above 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 Sonoma County Community Development Commission; (b) the Sonoma County Community Development Commission has omitted a step or failed to make a decision or finding required by HUD regulations at 24 CFR part 58 or by CEQ regulations at 40 CFR 1500-1508, as applicable; (c) the Sonoma County Community Development Commission 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 participant 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 must be prepared and submitted in accordance with the required procedures (24 CFR Part 58, Sec. 58.76) and shall be addressed to Gerard Windt, Office of Public and Indian Housing, HUD Region IX at 1 Sansome Street, Suite 1200, San Francisco, CA 94104.  Potential objectors should contact HUD to verify the actual last day of the objection period.

 

Geoffrey M. Ross,

 

Executive Director and NEPA Certifying Officer

Contact Information

Construction and Housing Finance Manager
Business Hours
Monday – Thursday
7:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Friday
7:30 AM – 11:30 AM