This is to give notice that the City of Grover Beach has determined that a portion of the following proposed action under the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program is located in a 100-year floodplain and the City of Grover Beach will be identifying and evaluating practicable alternative to locating the action in the floodplain and the potential impacts on the floodplain from the proposed action, as required by Executive Order 11988, in accordance with HUD regulations at 24 CFR 55.20 Subpart C Procedures for Making Determinations on Floodplain Management and Protection of Floodplains.
The proposed waterlines project is an infrastructure project that proposes to replace/reconstruct existing aged and deficient underground waterlines in a number of locations throughout the City of Grover Beach, including those serving residences on Mono Court and Owens Court, both of which are located in a Special Flood Hazard Area per FEMA maps in Flood Zone AE. While approximately 300 feet of waterlines are proposed to be replaced, approximately 100 feet are located in the regulatory floodway. The area of within the regulatory floodway is approximately 5300 square feet, or 0.12 acres.
The proposed project will reconstruct the roadways after replacing/reconstructing the waterlines underneath to their pre-construction elevations in order to restore and maintain existing floodplain values. Measures will be implemented to ensure that wetlands located behind the homes on each Court will not be impacted by construction activities.
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. Commenters are encouraged to offer alternative sites outside of the floodplain, alternative methods to serve the same project purpose, and methods to minimize and mitigate impacts. Second, an adequate public notice program can be an important public educational tool. The dissemination of information and request for public comment about floodplains can facilitate and enhance Federal efforts to reduce the risks and impacts 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 City of Grover Beach at the following address on or before April 10, 2020: City of Grover Beach, 154 S. 8th Street, Grover Beach, CA 93433, Attention: Janet Reese, Associate Planner. Comments may also be submitted via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. A full description of the project may be reviewed at the bulletin board at the above address and online at https://www.groverbeach.org/394/2020-CDBG-Funding.