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Public Notice

Final Notice and Public Explanation of a Proposed Activity in a Floodplain and Wetland

Release Date: December 13, 2019

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

This is to give notice that the Town of Hilton Head Island conducted an evaluation as required by Executive Orders 11988 and 11990, to determine potential affect that its activity in the floodplain and wetland will have on the human environment for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), under grant number B-19-MC-45-0014 for the purpose of expanding parking and playground facilities at the Rowing and Sailing Center at Squire Pope Community Park located at 137 Squire Pope Road. The planned project will involve installation of additional playground equipment which will increase the play area to approximately 5600 square feet, and adding approximately 32 new parking spaces.

The Town of Hilton Head Island considered the following alternatives and mitigation measures to be taken to minimize adverse impacts and to restore and preserve natural and beneficial values:

  1. Locate the project within the floodplain and wetland at proposed site. The project site is a Town-owned property with an existing recreation facility which includes a restroom building, parking for 22 vehicles, covered non-motorized boat storage shed, picnic pavilion, tire swing structure, floating pier, and floating docks for boating and fishing. The surrounding area includes a residential neighborhood, a neighborhood park, wetlands, and Skull Creek. The project site is located in a Census Tract which meets the HUD low and moderate income benefit area requirements. The proposed project will provide improved access and availability of recreation facilities for all members of the community.
  2. Locate the project outside the floodplain and wetland. Alternate locations were considered, however, more than 80% of the area encompassing the Town of Hilton Head Island lies within the 100 year floodplain and locations outside the 100 year floodplain would not meet HUD low and moderate income benefit area requirements.
  3. No Action Alternative. Not pursuing this project increases the likelihood of less accessibility to a community recreation facility.

The parking and playground facilities improvements at the Rowing and Sailing Center at Squire Pope Community Park are expected to have no quantifiable changes to the flood elevation and no disturbance to the wetland.

The Town of Hilton Head Island reevaluated alternatives to building in the floodplain and wetland and has determined it has no practicable alternative. Environmental files documenting compliance with steps 3 through 6 of Executive Orders 11988 and 11990, are available for public inspection, review and copying upon request at the time and location delineated in the last paragraph of this notice for receipt of comments. This activity will have no significant impact on the environment for the following reasons:

  • The proposed improvement project will be constructed at an existing recreation facility.
  • More than 80% of the Town of Hilton Head Island lies within the 100-year floodplain.
  • Other locations outside the 100-year floodplain do not meet low and moderate income benefit area requirements.
  • The Town of Hilton Head Island will monitor construction to ensure full compliance with applicable standards, codes and requirements of Federal, State and Local agencies.

There are three primary purposes for this notice. First, people who may be affected by activities in floodplains and wetlands 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 and wetlands 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 and wetlands, it must inform those who may be put at greater or continued risk.

Written comments must be received by the Town of Hilton Head Island at the following address on or before December 23, 2019: Town of Hilton Head Island, Community Development Department, 1 Town Center Court, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928 and 843-341-4689, Attention: Marcy Benson, Senior Grants Administrator. Comments may also be submitted via email at marcyb@hiltonheadislandsc.gov