Published: October 4, 2019
Notice Date: October 4, 2019
Sonoma County Community Development Commission
1440 Guerneville Rd.
Santa Rosa, Ca. 95403
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
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
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
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.
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