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Public Notice

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

Release Date: January 27, 2020

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-18-MC-45-0014 for the purpose of constructing a covered pavilion at the Boys & Girls Club of Hilton Head Island located at 151 Gum Tree Road. The planned project will involve installation of a covered pavilion adjacent to the existing facility building and basketball court.

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 is an infrastructure improvement located at the Boys & Girls Club of Hilton Head Island. The project site includes an existing community education and recreation facility. The surrounding area includes a residential neighborhood, a public schools cluster campus and the Island Recreation Center. The project site is located in a Census Tract which meets the HUD low and moderate income benefit area requirements and at a facility which serves a clientele comprised of approximately 84% low and moderate income children and families. The proposed project will provide improved access to public facilities for members of the Boys & Girls Club of Hilton Head Island during facility program activities and for the greater community during special events.
     
  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 access to public facilities for members of the Boys & Girls Club of Hilton Head Island during facility program activities and for the greater community during special events.

The covered pavilion improvement project at the Boys & Girls Club of Hilton Head Island is expected to have no quantifiable changes to the flood elevation and no disturbance to the wetlands.

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 education and 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 February 3, 2020: 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.