Final Notice and Public Explanation of a Proposed Activity in the
100-Year Floodplain and Wetland
City of Chipley
1442 Jackson Avenue
Chipley, FL 32428
To: All Interested Agencies, Groups, and Individuals
This is to give notice that the City of Chipley under Part 58 has conducted an evaluation as required by Executive Orders 11988 and 11990 in accordance with HUD regulations at 24 CFR 55.20 Subpart C Procedures for Making Determinations on Floodplain Management and Wetlands Protection to determine the potential affect that the activity in the floodplain and/or wetland will have on the environment. The activity is funded by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program under Part 58 (grant #M0014).
The purpose of the proposed project is to alleviate the incidence of flooding to homes, businesses, and roadways by restoring the stormwater drainage system in ten locations around the City of Chipley. The project activities will include cleaning, reshaping, and stabilizing ditches, constructing a new lateral outfall ditch and expand existing cross drains. Additional activities may include manholes, curbs, gutters, and roadway construction. The proposed project is located within the Chipley city limits at 1st Street, 2nd Street, Old Bonifay Road, Watts Avenue, North Railroad Avenue, South Railroad Avenue, and Griffin Road. Approximately 14 acres of Floodplains and 13 acres of Wetlands may be disturbed.
The City of Chipley has considered the following alternatives and mitigation measures to be taken to minimize adverse impacts and to restore and preserve natural and beneficial values: (i) The proposed locations of the improvements should be constructed in the floodplains/wetlands because it is the most advantageous locations and are within already disturbed utility rights-of-way, (ii) Alternatives considered are to (1) Reduce the number of acres for proposed new lateral outfall ditch to minimize impacts but then potential improvements to reduce flooding will also be minimized, (2) Reduce the number of ditches and cross drains to be improved, but the potential improvements to reduce flooding on roadways will also be minimized, and (3) move the project outside the floodplain/wetland but deviations to the proposed route could create disturbances in locations not already disturbed by existing utilities and could be impractical for construction and maintenance of stormwater facilities. The city has also considered the No Action alternative and determined that no action on the project would leave the present problems with flooding unresolved which has the potential to create significant impacts on the natural environment downgradient.
City of Chipley has reevaluated the alternatives to building in the floodplain/wetland and has determined that the only and best alternative is to continue with the project as presently planned and located. As much as practicable, project plans will be designed to reduce the number of floodplains and/or wetlands disturbed. During the construction phase, all activity relevant to stormwater management will be mitigated by erecting silt fencing around the project areas to mitigate erosion and contamination. All permits from environmental regulatory agencies will be obtained for the project. Environmental files that document compliance with steps 3 through 6 of [Executive Order 11988 and/or 11990], are available for public inspection, review and copying upon request Monday through Friday, from 9:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. at City Hall, 1442 Jackson Avenue, Chipley, FL 32428.
There are three primary purposes for this notice. First, people who may be affected by activities in floodplains/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 and request for public comment about floodplains/wetlands 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/wetlands, it must inform those who may be put at greater or continued risk.
Written comments must be received by Ms. Tracy L. Andrews, Mayor at 1442 Jackson Avenue, Chipley, FL 32428, (850) 638-6350 by February 3, 2023. A full description of the project may also be reviewed from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm at City Hall, 1442 Jackson Avenue, Chipley, FL 32428. Comments may also be submitted via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tracy L. Andrews, Mayor
Environmental Certifying Official
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