Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)
NOTICE OF FINDING OF NO SIGNIFICANT IMPACT and
NOTICE OF INTENT TO REQUEST RELEASE OF FUNDS
February 6, 2019
City of Port Orange
1000 City Center Circle
Port Orange, Florida, 32129
These notices shall satisfy two (2) separate but related procedural requirements for activities to be undertaken by the City of Port Orange with funding through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program.
REQUEST FOR RELEASE OF FUNDS
On or about one day after the public comment period, the City of Port Orange will submit a request to the U.S. 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, as amended, to undertake the $360,996.15 Virginia Ave. & Monroe St. Drainage Improvement Project including the property acquisition of 321 Fox Place, Port Orange, FL.
FINDING OF NO SIGNIFICANT IMPACT
The City of Port Orange has determined that the project will have no significant impact on the human environment. Therefore, an Environmental Impact Statement under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) is not required. Additional project information is contained in the Environmental Review Record (ERR) for the CDBG Program on file at the City of Port Orange City Clerk’s Office, 1000 City Center Circle, Port Orange. The ERR is available for inspection and copying Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. The ERR is also available on HUD’s website at https://www.hudexchange.info/programs/environmental-review/environmental-review-records/. A copy of these Notices are available on the CDBG page of the City’s website at www.port-orange.org.
Any individual, group or agency disagreeing with this determination or wishing to comment on the subject project may submit written comments to the City of Port Orange; Attention: Amanda Lasecki, Grants Manager, 1000 City Center Circle, Port Orange, FL 32129. All comments received on or before 15 days after the publication will be considered prior to submission of a request for the release of funds. Comments should specify which Notice the comments are addressing.
The City of Port Orange certifies to HUD that Donald O. Burnette in his capacity as Mayor 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. HUD approval of the certification satisfies its responsibilities under NEPA and related laws and authorities and allows the City of Port Orange to use CDBG funds for the subject project.
OBJECTIONS TO RELEASE OF FUNDS
HUD will accept objections to its release of funds and the City of Port Orange’s certification for a period of fifteen (15) 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 City of Port Orange; (b) the City of Port Orange has omitted a step or failed to make a decision or finding required by HUD regulations at 24CFR Part 58; (c) the grant recipient has committed funds or incurred costs not authorized by 24 CFR Part 58 before approval of a release of funds by HUD; 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: U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Office of Community Planning and Development, Gary A. Causey, Director, Charles E. Bennett Federal Building, 400 W. Bay Street, Suite 1015, Jacksonville, FL 32202-4410. Potential objectors should contact HUD to verify the actual last day of the objection period.
Donald O. Burnette
Mayor, City of Port Orange
What is CDBG?
The Community Development Block Grant program is administered nationally by the U. S Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Federal monies are awarded annually to cities and counties based upon a formula for activities designed to improve the quality of life within communities by providing decent, safe and sanitary housing, a suitable living environment, and expanding economic opportunities. Primary beneficiaries of CDBG funds must be low - and moderate-income households. These are defined as a family whose annual income does not exceed 80% of the median income for the area. The CDBG program is authorized under Title 1 of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, Public Law 93 to 383, as amended; 42 U.S.C.-5301 et seq. The City of Port Orange became a CDBG entitlement community in 2006.