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Public Notice

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

Release Date: March 11, 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 conducted an evaluation as required by Executive Order 11988, to determine the potential affect 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 proposed project is located on Blazing Star Lane in Hilton Head Island, Beaufort County, South Carolina. 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 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 Project Within Floodplain at Proposed Project Site. Beneficial effects of the project at proposed location include reduced sediment loading of adjacent marshland and water course, stabilized ground surface, reduced flooding during low to moderate intensity rain events and increased treatment of stormwater runoff. Project site is located on a Town-owned dirt road which alleviates CDBG expenditures for acquisition purposes. Project location is within a Census tract meeting HUD low and moderate income benefit area requirements.
  2. Locate Project Outside Floodplain. 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. Not pursuing this project increases likelihood of deterioration of existing dirt road which may impede access for emergency, utility maintenance and resident vehicles and negatively affect drainage during storm events.

Blazing Star Lane will be paved in its current location and the paving and drainage improvements are expected to have a net benefit to the natural environment and will have negligible adverse impacts to the floodplain. The Town of Hilton Head Island reevaluated alternatives to building in the floodplain and has determined it has no practicable alternative. Environmental files documenting compliance with steps 3 through 6 of Executive Order 11988, are available for public inspection, review and copying upon request at the times 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 road paving project will be constructed in the current dirt road location.
  • 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 from the Federal Highway Administration, SC-DOT, SC-DHEC OCRM, and Town of Hilton Head Island.

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 protection of 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. 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 21, 2016: Town of Hilton Head Island, 1 Town Center Court, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928 and (843) 341-4689, Attention: Marcy Benson, Senior Grants Administrator, during the hours of 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM, Monday through Friday. Comments may also be submitted via email at marcyb@hiltonheadislandsc.gov.