NOTICE OF FINDING OF NO SIGNIFICANT IMPACT AND NOTICE OF INTENT TO REQUEST RELEASE OF FUNDS

Date of Publication: July 31, 2019

Colorado Department of Local Affairs

1313 Sherman Street, Room 521,

Denver, CO 80203

These notices shall satisfy two separate but related procedural requirements for activities to be undertaken by the Colorado Department of Local Affairs.

REQUEST FOR THE RELEASE OF FUNDS

On or about August 16th, 2019, the Colorado Department of Local Affairs will submit a request to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development on behalf of Chaffee County Habitat for Humanity for the release of HOME funds, under Title I of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, as amended or Title II of the Cranston-Gonzalez National Affordable Housing Act, to undertake the following project:

Project Title: Chaffee County Habitat for Humanity – Nathrop Town Site New Construction

Purpose: The purpose of this project is to build and sell affordable homes to low income households in Chaffee County. This project involves building 5+ homes in the Nathrop town site over the next 3-5 years for low income families. Chaffee County Habitat for Humanity (CCHfH) currently owns build sites for two duplexes (4 homes). Sites for 20+ homes exist and will be pursued for purchase once the APE is determined to be acceptable. All homes built in this expanding program will be sold at an affordable price with monthly payments <30% of income. Whenever financially possible CCHfH will be the lender and provide zero interest mortgages.

Location: CR 197B Nathrop, Colorado 81236

Estimated Cost: Roughly $124,000 in HOME funding with total project costs or roughly $1.2M.

FINDING OF NO SIGNIFICANT IMPACT

The Colorado Department of Local Affairs has determined that the project will have no significant impact on the human environment. An Environmental Impact Statement under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA), therefore, is not required. Additional project information is contained in the Environmental Review Record (ERR) on file at the Colorado Department of Local Affairs, 1313 Sherman Street, Room 521, Denver, CO 80203 and may be examined or copied weekdays 8 A.M. to 5 P.M.

PUBLIC COMMENTS

Any individual, group, or agency may submit written comments on the ERR to the Colorado Department of Local Affairs. All comments received by August 15th, 2019, will be considered by the Colorado Department of Local Affairs prior to authorizing submission of a request for release of funds.

RELEASE OF FUNDS

The Colorado Department of Local Affairs certifies to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development that Bret Hillberry in his capacity as Environmental Compliance 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. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s approval of the certification satisfies its responsibilities under NEPA and related laws and authorities, and allows the Chaffee County Habitat for Humanity to use Program funds.

OBJECTIONS TO THE RELEASE OF FUNDS

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development will accept objections to its release of funds and the Colorado Department of Local Affairs’ certification for a period of 15 days following the anticipated submission date or its actual receipt of the request (whichever is later) only if they are made on one of the following bases: (a) the certification was not executed by the Certifying Officer of the Colorado Department of Local Affairs; (b) the Colorado Department of Local Affairs has omitted a step or failed to make a decision or finding required by U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development regulations at 24 CFR Part 58; (c) the grant recipient has committed funds, incurred costs, or undertaken activities not authorized by 24 CFR Part 58 before the approval of a release of funds by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development; 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 of 24 CFR Part 58 and shall be addressed to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Region VIII Office, 8ADE, 1670 Broadway Street, Denver, Colorado 80202-4801. No objections received after 15 days from the date of request for release of funds will be considered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Published in The Chaffee County Times August 1, 2019.

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