NOTICE OF FINDING OF NO SIGNIFICANT

81601 | 11/19/2019 | Ad id: 8-0000512218-01
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NOTICE OF FINDING OF NO SIGNIFICANT IMPACT AND NOTICE OF INTENT TO REQUEST RELEASE OF FUNDS Date of Publication: November 19, 2019 Colorado Department of Local Affairs 1313 Sherman Street, Room 521, Denver, CO 80203 303-864-7720 These notices shall satisfy two separate but related procedural requirements for activities to be undertaken by the Colorado Department of Local Affairs. REQUEST FOR THE RELEASE OF FUNDS On or about December 5, 2019 the Colorado Department of Local Affairs will submit a request to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development on behalf of Habitat for Humanity of the Roaring Fork Valley for the release of HOME funds, under Title I of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, as amended or Title II of the Cranston-Gonzalez National Affordable Housing Act, to undertake the following project: Project Title: Basalt Vista Affordable Housing Project Purpose: The project includes the develop of 9 duplex and 3 triplex affordable housing units on a 4.5-acre Property, which would include excavation and above-ground construction for the buildings, utility lines and driveways. The purpose of the project is to construct multi-unit affordable teacher housing in close proximity to Basalt High School. Affordable housing throughout the Roaring Fork Valley is in short supply, forcing significant commutes and traffic congestion for workers to reach places of employment. This need is particularly acute for teachers in the public school system, which has experienced notable difficulty attracting and retaining quality educators for some time. Location: 600 Southside Dr., Basalt, Colorado 81621 Estimated Cost: Roughly $451,000 of HOME funding with total project costs of roughly $8,229,693 FINDING OF NO SIGNIFICANT IMPACT The Colorado Department of Local Affairs has determined that the project will have no significant impact on the human environment. An Environmental Impact Statement under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA), therefore, is not required. Additional project information is contained in the Environmental Review Record (ERR) on file at the Colorado Department of Local Affairs, 1313 Sherman Street, Room 521, Denver, CO 80203 and may be examined or copied weekdays 8 A.M. to 5 P.M. PUBLIC COMMENTS Any individual, group, or agency may submit written comments on the ERR to the Colorado Department of Local Affairs. All comments received by December 4, 2019 will be considered by the Colorado Department of Local Affairs prior to authorizing submission of a request for release of funds. Comments should specify which Notice they are addressing. ENVIRONMENTAL CERTIFICATION The Colorado Department of Local Affairs certifies to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development that Bret Hillberry in his capacity as Certifying Officer 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. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's approval of the certification satisfies its responsibilities under NEPA and related laws and authorities, and allows Habitat for Humanity of the Roaring Fork Valley to use Program funds. OBJECTIONS TO THE RELEASE OF FUND The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development will accept objections to its release of funds and the Colorado Department of Local Affairs' certification for a period of 15 days following the anticipated submission date or its actual receipt of the request (whichever is later) only if they are made on one of the following bases: (a) the certification was not executed by the Certifying Officer of the Colorado Department of Local Affairs; (b) the Colorado Department of Local Affairs has omitted a step or failed to make a decision or finding required by U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development regulations at 24 CFR Part 58; (c) the grant recipient or other participants in the development process have committed funds, incurred costs, or undertaken activities not authorized by 24 CFR Part 58 before the approval of a release of funds by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development; 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, Sec. 58.76) and shall be addressed to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Region VIII Office, 8ADE, 1670 Broadway Street, Denver, Colorado 80202-4801. Potential objectors should contact the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Region VIII Office, to verify the actual last day of the objection period. No objections received after 15 days from the date of request for release of funds will be considered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Bret Hillberry, Certifying Officer Published in the Glenwood Post Independent November 19, 2019. 0000512218