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

Published:  May 7, 2020

Sonoma County Community Development Commission
1440 Guerneville Road
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
(707) 565-7526

These notices shall satisfy three separate but related procedural requirements for activities to be undertaken by the Sonoma County Community Development Commission.

  1. Request for Release of Funds

    On or about May 23, 2020, the Sonoma County Community Development Commission (Commission) will submit a request to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for the release of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds to undertake the Park Village project located at 6665 Sebastopol Avenue in Sebastopol, California. The project includes interior rehabilitation of an existing structure with two dwelling units and development of two concrete recreational vehicle (RV) pads, associated utility hook-ups, and a playground. Proposed funding includes $180,636 from CDBG funding and $471,217 from non-HUD sources.

  2.   Final Notice and Public Explanation of a Proposed Activity in a 100-Year FloodPlain

    The Commission has conducted an evaluation as required by Executive Order 11988, in accordance with HUD regulations at 24 CFR §55.20 to determine the potential effect that the activity in the proposed floodplain will have on the human environment for the Park Village project. The full Park Village property is located within the 100-year floodplain associated with the Laguna de Santa Rosa and the Russian River.

    The Commission has considered the following in order to minimize adverse impacts and to restore and/or preserve natural and beneficial floodplain values. (i) It is the Commission’s determination that there is no practicable alternative to locating the project within the floodplain due to the need to locate the project on land accessible to the City, the amount of funding available which restricts the project to improving an existing affordable housing site, the availability of services and amenities (on-site case manager and community amenities) at the proposed project site, the ability to develop the project at the proposed site with minimal impacts to the floodplain and no significant increased risk to life or property loss, and the disturbed nature of the existing site and lack of natural resources. (ii) The following alternatives were considered and determined to be impracticable: an alternative site is impractical due to a lack of other viable sites owned by the City and costs associated with obtaining and developing a new affordable housing site; an alternative layout provides no advantages over the proposed project as the full property is within the floodplain and the proposed project is sited on previously disturbed areas; and the no action alternative would fail to meet the purpose and need of providing affordable housing opportunities within the City. (iii) The project has incorporated several measures to minimize impacts to the floodplain and to reduce the risk of loss of life and property: the existing apartment building was previously elevated above the base flood elevation; playground equipment would be anchored; and the use of RVs as transitional housing would allow for evacuation or towing to higher ground in the event of a flood. In summary, the project has little to no impact on the floodplain and the alternatives considered remain impractical. Environmental files that document compliance with steps of Executive Order 11988 are contained in the Environmental Review Record (ERR) and are available for public inspection as specified in Section III below.
     

    There are three primary purposes for this notice. First, people who may be affected by activities in floodplains and those who have an interest in the protection of the natural environment should be given an opportunity to express their concerns and provide information about these areas. Second, an adequate public notice program can be an important public educational tool. The dissemination of information about floodplains can facilitate and enhance federal efforts to reduce the risks associated with the occupancy and modification of these special areas. Third, as a matter of fairness, when the federal government determines it will participate in actions taking place in floodplains, it must inform those who may be put at greater or continued risk.

  3. Finding of No Significant Impact 

    The 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 of 1969 (NEPA) 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 accessed electronically at the link below. 

  4. Public Comments

    Any individual, group, or agency may submit written comments on any portion of this Notice and/or the ERR to the Commission. All comments received by May 22, 2020 will be considered by the Commission prior to authorizing submission of a request for release of funds. Comments should specify which Notice they are addressing.

  5. Environmental Certification

    The Commission certifies to HUD 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 City of Sebastopol to use Program funds.

  6. Objections to Release of Funds

    HUD will accept objections to its release of fund and the Commission 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 Commission; (b) the Commission 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 via email in accordance with the required procedures (24 CFR Part 58, Sec. 58.76). 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

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