COMBINED NOTICE: FINDING OF NO SIGNIFICANT IMPACT/INTENT TO REQUEST RELEASE OF FUNDS
Published 3:12 pm Tuesday, July 5, 2011
Date of Publication: July6, 2011
Town of Dillwyn
1030 Main Street
P.O. Box 249
Dillwyn, VA 23936
(434) 983-2076 TTY 7-1-1
TO ALL INTERESTED AGENCIES, GROUPS AND PERSONS:
On or about July 22, 2011, the above-named Town will request the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) to release Federal funds under Title I of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974 (PL 93-383) to be used for the following project:
Town of Dillwyn Business District Revitalization Project
Nature of Project: Storefront Improvements, Business Loan Pool, Marketing/Branding Initiatives
Location: U.S. 15, from Oak/Main Street (Route 1003) to Rosney Road (Route 629), Town of Dillwyn, Buckingham County, Virginia
Estimated Cost of Project: $1,268,257
It has been determined that such request for release of funds will not constitute an action significantly affecting the quality of the human environment and accordingly, the above-named Town has decided not to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement under the National Policy Act of 1969 (PL 91-190).
The reasons for such decision not to prepare such Statement are as follows:
a) No historic structures and/or archaeologically significant areas will be affected by this project.
b) Installation of bathrooms, water and sewer lines into an existing neighborhood area is not included as part of this project and, therefore, will not affect the present character of the project area.
c) Short periods characterized by some dust and noise pollution generated by construction activities will be the only adverse environmental condition generated by this project.
d) Erosion control, restoration of disturbed areas of grasslands and existing pavement will be accomplished in accordance with acceptable engineering criteria.
e) Construction will generally be done in VDOT right-of-way where practical and only limited clearing of existing trees, grass, etc., will be required.
An Environmental Review Record respecting the within project has been made by the Town of Dillwyn, which documents the environmental review of the project and more fully sets forth the reasons why such Statement is not required. This Environmental Review Record is on file at the above address and is available for public examination and copying, upon request, at the Town Office between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.
No further environmental review of such project is proposed to be conducted, prior to the request for release of Federal funds.
All interested agencies, groups and persons disagreeing with this decision are invited to submit written comments for consideration by the Town to the office of the undersigned. Such written comments should be received at the address specified on or before July 22, 2011. All such comments so received will be considered and the Town will not request the release of Federal funds or take any administrative action on the within project prior to the date specified in the preceding sentence. Comments should specify which notice they are addressing.
The Town of Dillwyn will undertake the project described above with Block Grant funds from the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development, under Title I of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974. The Town of Dillwyn is certifying to DHCD that Dillwyn and The Honorable J. Ervin Toney, in his official capacity as Mayor, consent to accept the jurisdiction of the Federal Courts if an action is brought to enforce responsibilities in relation to environmental reviews, decision making, and action; and that these responsibilities have been satisfied. The legal effect of the certification is that upon its approval, Dillwyn may use the Community Improvement Grant funds, and DHCD will have satisfied its responsibilities under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 and related laws and authorities. DHCD will accept an objection to its approval of the Release of Funds and acceptance of the Town's Certification for a period of fifteen days following the anticipated submission date or DHCD's actual receipt of the request (whichever is later) only if it is on one of the following bases: (a) that the certification was not in fact executed by the chief executive officer or other officer of applicant approved by DHCD; (b) that applicant's Environmental Review Record for the project indicates omission of a required decision, finding, or step applicable to the project in the environmental review process; (c) 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 procedure (24 CFR Part 58, Sec. 58.76), and may be addressed to:
Virginia Department Of Housing And Community Development
Attn: Project Management Office Main Street Centre
600 East Main Street, Suite 300
Richmond, Virginia 23219
Ervin Toney, Mayor
Town of Dillwyn
1030 Main Street
P.O. Box 249
Dillwyn, Virginia 23936