Waynesboro News

Posted on: November 1, 2017

Notice and Public Comments for activity in a 100-Year Floodplain

EARLY NOTICE AND PUBLIC REVIEW OF A PROPOSED ACTIVITY
IN A 100-YEAR FLOODPLAIN

To: All interested Agencies, Groups and Individuals

This is to give notice that the City of Waynesboro, Virginia has determined that three (3) proposed actions/activities being considered for grant funding under the Waynesboro FY17 CDBG Program (HUD Grant # B17MC510033) are located in the 100-year floodplain of the South River’s tributaries: Steele Run and Rockfish Run.  The three proposed activities in the floodplain are: High Street Sewer Improvements, Malcolm Avenue Water Improvements and Hunter Street Water Improvements.  The City of Waynesboro will be identifying and evaluating practical alternatives to locating the actions in the floodplain and the potential impacts on the floodplain from the proposed actions, as required by Executive Order 11988, in accordance with HUD Regulations at 24 CFR 55.20 Subpart C Procedures for Making Determinations on Floodplain Management.    

The High Street Sewer Improvements project will provide approximately 880 linear feet of line replacement, with the existing clay pipe material replaced by PVC. This sewer project will minimize inflow and infiltration into the line and stop unwanted discharges within the floodplain along Steele Run. The Malcolm Avenue Water Improvements project will provide approximately 850 linear feet of line replacement, with the existing 2” galvanized line upgraded to a new 6” ductile pipe.  This water project will improve flow capacity, fire protection, and reduce water loss and leakages within the floodplain along Steele Run. The Hunter Street Water Improvements project will provide approximately 470 linear feet of line replacement, with the existing 2” galvanized line upgraded to a new 8” ductile pipe. This water project will improve flow capacity, fire protection, and reduce water loss and leakages within the floodplain along Rockfish Run.

No known natural or beneficial values in the floodplain will be adversely affected by any of the three projects.  The estimated amount of floodplain impacted at each site is as follows: High Street (.1 acre), Malcolm Avenue (.1 acre) and Hunter Street (.05 acre). All planned sewer and water improvements will be undertaken in compliance with the local building code, floodplain ordinance and FEMA requirements.

There are three primary purposes for this notice.  First, people who may be affected by activities in floodplains 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.  Commenters are encouraged to offer alternative sites outside of the floodplain, alternative methods to serve the same project purpose, and methods to minimize and mitigate impacts.  Second, an adequate public notice program can be an important public educational tool. The dissemination of information and request for public comment about floodplains 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, it must inform those who may be put at greater or continued risk.


Written comments must be received by the City of Waynesboro at the following address on or before November 20, 2017: City of Waynesboro, Office of the City Manager, 503 West Main St, Waynesboro, VA 22980. A full description of the project may also be reviewed from Waynesboro Redevelopment and Housing Authority offices located at 1700 New Hope Road, Waynesboro, Virginia 22980 between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Voice: 540-946-9230, TDD/VA Relay Service: 711. Attention: Tom Carlsson, CDBG Administrator.  Comments may also be submitted via email at t_carlsson@wrha.org.  All comments will be forwarded to the Office of the City Manager.



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