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Public Notice

Early Notice and Public Review of a Proposed Activity in a Floodplain

Release Date: February 16, 2016

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

This is to give notice that the Town of Hilton Head Island has conducted an evaluation as required by Executive Order 11988, to determine the potential affect that its activity in the floodplain 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 B15-MC-45-0014 for the purpose of paving an existing dirt road.  The planned project will involve paving Blazing Star Lane, which is a local dirt road in a residential area.  The approximate length of the road is 600 linear feet.  The intent of the planned project is to improve the existing dirt road conditions by installing an asphalt paved road surface and accompanying drainage infrastructure.  Design and construction of the asphalt roadway will be completed in accordance with Federal Highway Administration, South Carolina Department of Transportation, and Town of Hilton Head Island standards, codes, and requirements for a non-arterial local road.  The subject road is designated as a lane and will conform to the standard design minimums set forth in the Town of Hilton Head Island Land Management Ordinance.  These minimums include; paving width of 20 feet, shoulder width of four feet, and minimum right-of-way of 30 feet.  The planned project is part of on-going efforts of the Town of Hilton Head Island to improve infrastructure in low and moderate income areas.  Anticipated results of this planned project include improved access to the area for emergency vehicles, utility maintenance vehicles, and resident vehicles, better roadway drainage, reduced transport of sediment from road bed materials during storm events, reduced maintenance frequency, and enhanced street-scape.

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.

Written comments must be received by the Town of Hilton Head Island at the following address on or before March 3, 2016:  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, during the hours of 8:00AM to 4:30PM, Monday - Friday.  Comments may also be submitted via email at marcyb@hiltonheadislandsc.gov.

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