Early Notice and Public Review of Proposed Activities in a 100-Year Floodplain

May 24, 2016

To: All interested Federal, State, and Local Agencies, Groups and Individuals
This is to give notice that Lancaster County under Part 58 has determined that the following proposed actions under the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program and Grant Number B-15-UC-42-002 is located in the 100-year floodplain, and Lancaster County will be identifying and evaluating practicable alternatives to locating the action 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 and Protection of Wetlands.
The Redevelopment Authority of the County of Lancaster is requesting the use of CDBG funding for acquisition of a 0.5-acre tract of land located in the 100-year floodplain for the development of a recreational trail facility to support the Borough of Marietta’s portion of the Northwest Gateway Trail. There is potential impact in the floodplain with the proposed development of a recreation structure and parking. The proposed project is located 421 West Market Street in Marietta, PA, Lancaster County.
The Marietta Restoration Associates is requesting the use of CDBG funding for the acquisition and demolition of a vacant, blighted structure on a 0.5-acre tract of land located partially in the 100-year floodplain. The future use of the land will include public parking and greenspace to support two nearby public facilities. There is a potential impact in the floodplain with the proposed construction of the parking lot. The proposed project is located 1 N. Strawberry Ave, Marietta, PA, Lancaster County.
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 Lancaster County at the following address on or before June, 9, 2016: Lancaster County Redevelopment Authority, 202 N Prince Street, Ste. 400, Lancaster, PA 17112 and 717-394-0793, Attention: Matthew Sternberg, Executive Director. A full description of the projects may also be reviewed from 8AM to 4:30PM at the address listed above and at www.lchra.com. Comments may also be submitted via email at [email protected].

Strawberry Avenue Parcel

FEMA’s National Flood Hazard Layer (Official) – Strawberry Ave Parcel

Trail Facility Parcel

FEMA’s National Flood Hazard Layer (Official) – Trail Facility Site