CITY OF WILLIAMS PUBLIC NOTICE FINDING OF NO SIGNIFICANT IMPACT AND NOTICE OF INTENT TO REQUEST RELEASE OF FUNDS
March 2, 2012 • City of Williams – P. O. Box 310 • Williams, CA 95987 – firstname.lastname@example.org
These notices shall satisfy two separate but related procedural requirements for activities to be undertaken by the City of Williams.
REQUEST FOR RELEASE OF FUNDS
On or about March 19, 2012 the City of Williams will submit a request to the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) for the release of Home Investment Partnership Program (HOME) funds under Title II of the Cranston-Gonzales National Affordable Housing Act of 1990 as amended, to undertake a project known as Williams Senior Apartments for the purpose of constructing a 48-unit affordable rental housing project, on a vacant 3.2-acre parcel located on the south side of E Street immediately east of the Glenn-Colusa Irrigation District canal, in the City of Williams, Colusa County. Williams Senior Apartments proposes 48 new affordable housing apartments for senior citizens earning up to 50% of the median income for Colusa County. The project consists of seven 2-story residential buildings and an office/community building. The project will include construction of Marguerite Street, with associated utility connections, along the east boundary of the site. The total estimated budget for the project is $11.3 million. The estimated funding sources includes Credit Financing, $7 million; USDA 515 Rural Development Loan $ 1 million; HOME Loan $ 3 million; Deferred Developer Fee $300,000.
FINDING OF NO SIGNIFICANT IMPACT
The City of Williams 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) on file at the City of Williams Planning Department, at 810 E Street, Williams, CA 95987, and may be examined or copied Monday – Thursday 8 A.M to 4 P.M.
An electronic version of the ERR is available at:
Any individual, group, or agency may submit written comments on the ERR to the City of Williams Planning Department at the above address. All comments received by March 18, 2012 will be considered by the City of Williams prior to authorizing submission of a request for release of funds. Comments should specify which Notice they are addressing.
The City of Williams certifies to HCD that Charles Bergson in his capacity as City Administrator 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. HCD’s approval of the certification satisfies its responsibilities under NEPA and related laws and authorities and allows the City of Williams to use Federal program funds.
HCD will accept objections to the Responsible Entity’s (RE) Request for Release of Funds and Environmental Certification for a period of fifteen days following the submission date specified above or the 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 RE; (b) the RE has omitted a step or failed to make a determination or finding required by HUD regulations at 24 CFR part 58 or by CEQ regulations at 40 CFR 1500-1508, as applicable; (c) the RE has omitted one or more steps in the preparation, completion or publication of the Environmental Assessment or Environmental Impact Study per 24 CFR Subparts E, F or G of Part 58, as applicable; (d) the grant recipient or other participant in the development process has committed funds for or undertaken activities not authorized by 24 CFR Part 58 before release of funds and approval of the environmental certification; (e) another Federal, State or local agency 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, Sec. 58.76) and shall be addressed to Mr. Tom Bettencourt, Federal Programs Branch Chief, Department of Housing and Community Development, HOME Program, 1800 3rd Street, MS 390-3, Sacramento, CA 95814. Potential objectors should contact HCD to verify the actual last day of the objection period. ■
Notice ID: 201203-CW00002-R1