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Public Notice

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

Release Date: November 22, 2019

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 Orders 11988 and 11990, to determine the potential affect that its activity in the floodplain and wetland 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 B-19-MC-45-0014 for the purpose of expanding parking and playground facilities at the Rowing and Sailing Center at Squire Pope Community Park located at 137 Squire Pope Road. The planned project will involve installation of additional playground equipment which will increase the play area to approximately 5600 square feet, and adding approximately 32 new parking spaces. No quantifiable changes to flood elevation and no disturbance to the wetland will result from the planned expansion project. Design and construction of the playground and parking expansion project will be completed in accordance with Federal, State, and Town of Hilton Head Island standards, and codes. The intent and anticipated results of the planned project is to improve access and availability of public recreation facilities for all members of the community.

There are three primary purposes for this notice. First, people who may be affected by activities in floodplains and wetlands 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 and wetlands 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 and wetlands, 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 December 10, 2019: 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. Comments may also be submitted via email at marcyb@hiltonheadislandsc.gov