NOTICE OF FINDING OF NO SIGNIFICANT IMPACT (FONSI)
AND INTENT TO REQUEST RELEASE OF FUNDS (NOI/RROF)
Date Published: August 17, 2017
City of Medford, Planning Department
200 S. Ivy Street, Medford, OR 97501
This Notice shall satisfy the above-cited two separate but related procedural notification requirements for activities undertaken by the City of Medford.
NOTICE OF INTENT TO REQUEST RELEASE OF FUNDS
On or about the date of September 4, 2017, the City of Medford will submit a request to HUD for the release of the following program funds: 1) Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds under Title 1 of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974; and 2) the HUD Project-based Voucher Program under Section 8(o)(13) of the U.S. Housing Act of 1937 (42 U.S.C. 1437f(o)(13) to undertake a project known as Newbridge Place. The project is located on the west side of N Ross Lane, approximately 430 feet south of W McAndrews Road at 217 N Ross Lane in Medford, Oregon; tax lot 1200 of map 372W26AC. Other tax lots impacted by development of off-site infrastructure improvements and/or flood plain work include tax lots 2200, 2900, 4400 and 2701. The project is for the purpose of new construction of 64 units affordable housing for families, which will include eight residential buildings with on-site parking plus covered bike parking, one community building and a playground. The cost of the project is $17,034,277, which includes $343,478 in CDBG funding to be utilized for required off-site improvements such as city-required public streets, curbs, and sidewalks; related sewer, water, and storm drainage connections; and fire hydrants. A combined $1,790,640 in Project-based Vouchers will provide 15 years (with extensions allowed thereafter) of rental assistance for 24 units comprised of 12 regular Section 8 valued at $974,160; and 12 VASH-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing valued at $816,480.
FINDING OF NO SIGNIFICANT IMPACT
The City of Medford 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) and may be examined or copied weekdays from 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. at the City of Medford Planning Department, 200 S. Ivy Street, Medford, 97501. There is never a charge for examining the ERR. Any copying requested will be subject to charges.
Any individual, group, or agency disagreeing with this determination or wishing to comment on the project may submit written comments to Angela Durant, CDBG Program Manager, City of Medford Planning Department, 200 S. Ivy Street, Medford, OR 97501. All comments received by the date of September 4, 2017 will be considered by the City of Medford prior to authorizing submission of a request for release of funds. Commentors should specify which part of this Notice they are addressing.
RELEASE OF FUNDS
The City of Medford certifies to HUD that Gary Wheeler in his capacity as Mayor and 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. HUD’s approval of the certification satisfies its responsibilities under NEPA and related laws and authorities, and allows the Housing Authority of Jackson County to use Project Based Vouchers and CDBG Program funds.
OBJECTIONS TO RELEASE OF FUNDS
HUD will consider objections to its release of funds and the City of Medford’s certification for a period of fifteen 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 Medford; (b) the City of Medford has omitted a step or failed to make a decision or finding required by HUD regulations at 24 CFR 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 Attention: Community Planning and Development Office and/or Public Housing Office, Department of Housing and Urban Development, 1220 SW 3rd Avenue, Suite 400, Portland, Oregon, 97204-2825. Potential objectors should contact HUD to verify the actual last day of the objection period.
Gary Wheeler, Mayor and Certifying Officer