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Public Notice

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

Release Date: December 1, 2016

Contact Information:
Marcy Benson , Senior Grants Administrator, 843-341-4689


These notices shall satisfy two separate but related procedural requirements for activities to be undertaken by the Town of Hilton Head Island.

Request for Release of Funds

On or about December 21, 2016 the Town of Hilton Head Island will submit a request to the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development for the release of Community Development Block Grant funds under Title I of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974 to undertake a project known as Rhiner Drive Dirt Road Paving Project for the purpose of paving approximately 800 linear feet of Rhiner Drive, an existing dirt road in an established residential neighborhood located at the intersection with Gumtree Road. The estimated project cost is $296,594 and will include installing an asphalt paved road surface and accompanying drainage infrastructure. 

Finding of No Significant Impact

The Town of Hilton Head Island has determined that the project will have no significant impact on the human environment, including but not limited to, historic or archaeological sites; navigable waters; endangered wildlife or vegetation; and floodplains. All permits required by regulatory agencies have been identified and will be secured prior to construction activities commencing. Therefore, an Environmental Impact Statement under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) is not required.

The Town of Hilton Head Island has prepared an Environmental Review Record (ERR) for the proposed project which documents the environmental review of the project and more fully sets forth the reasons why an Environmental Impact Statement is not required. The ERR is on file at the Town of Hilton Head Island Town Hall, Community Development Department at 1 Town Center Court, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928 and is available for public examination and copying upon request in the Senior Grants Administrator's office Monday - Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Public Comments

Any individual, group, or agency may submit written comments on the ERR to the Town of Hilton Head Island Community Development Department, 1 Town Center Court, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928, Attention: Marcy Benson, Senior Grants Administrator. All comments received by 4:30 p.m. on December 19, 2016 will be considered by the Town of Hilton Head Island prior to authorizing submission of a request for release of funds. Comments should specify which Notice they are addressing.

Environmental Certification

The Town of Hilton Head Island certifies to the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development that Stephen G. Riley, in his capacity as Town Manager, 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. The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development’s approval of the certification satisfies its responsibilities under NEPA and related laws and authorities and allows the Town of Hilton Head Island to use Community Development Block Grant Program funds.

Objections to Release Of Funds

The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development will accept objections to its release of funds and the Town of Hilton Head Island's 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 Town of Hilton Head Island; (b) the Town of Hilton Head Island has omitted a step or failed to make a decision or finding required by HUD regulations at 24 CFR part 58; (c) the Town of Hilton Head Island has committed funds, or incurred costs not authorized by 24 CFR Part 58 before approval of a release of funds by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development; 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 the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development, Division of Community Planning and Development, at 1835 Assembly Street, 13th Floor, Columbia, SC 29201. Potential objectors should contact the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development Environmental Officer to verify the actual last day of the objection period.