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 Buda (city) has determined that the following proposed action under the Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery Program is located in the 100-year floodplain, and that the city will be evaluating alternatives to locating the action in the floodplain and the potential impacts on the floodplain from the proposed action, 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.
Project Location: At a point on FM 2770 (approximately 30.076368, -97.851128), to extend approximately 650 LF southeast and approximately 350 LF northwest, Buda, Hays County, TX 78610
Project Description: The proposed improvements will provide a new outfall channel and culvert under FM 2770 in order to divert excess flow from the unnamed tributary of Onion Creek, to reduce flood risk in the area. Installation of three 11’ x 6’ box culverts and wingwalls at FM 2770; construction of new outfall channel (approx. 1,400’ long and 45’ wide); installation of rock riprap or concrete energy dissipaters, or drop structures, as needed between FM 2770 and Onion Creek main stem; replacement of road surface and stabilization of roadway embankment following culvert installation. Project activities include associated appurtenances, and Administration and Engineering work.
An estimated 0.50 acres are located in Zone AE of the 100-Year Floodplain. There are no feasible alternatives.
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 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 at the following address on or before 11/15/18: City of Buda, 405 E. Loop Street, Building 100, Buda, TX 78610, Attn: City Engineer/Floodplain Administrator. A full description of the project may also be reviewed at the City Engineer’s Office during the hours of 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M., Monday through Friday, at the same address.