Notice of Finding of No Significant Impact and Notice of Intent to Request a Release of Funds

February 21, 2017

Request for Release of Funds

On or about March 9, 2017, the County of Lancaster (County) will submit a request to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for the release of HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME) funds under Title II of the Cranston-Gonzalez National Affordable Housing Act, as amended, to undertake the following housing project:

Project Title: The Willows at Landisville

Purpose: New construction of garden apartment style structures with a total of sixty (60) one, two and three bedroom units located on approximately 9.8 acres in East Hempfield Township. Eighteen (18) units will be HOME assisted units reserved for families earning 50% or less area median income.  The project will be designed to achieve both Enterprise Green Communities and Passive House requirements.

Location: Elmwood Road, East Hempfield Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania

Estimated Cost: $1,500,000 of HOME funds with a total project cost of $15,093,801.

Finding of No Significant Impact: The County of Lancaster has determined that the above referenced projects will have no significant impact on the human environment.  Therefore, an Environmental Impact Statements under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) is not required.  Additional project information is contained in the Environmental Review Records (ERR) on file at the Authority office, 202 North Prince Street, Suite 400, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and may be examined or copied weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.


Public Comment: Any individual, group, or agency may submit written comments on the ERR to the Authority.  All comments received by March 8, 2017 will be considered by the Authority prior to authorizing submission of a request for release of funds.  Comments should specify which Notice they are addressing.

Release of Funds: The County certifies to HUD that Matthew Sternberg in his capacity as the Executive Director of the Authority 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.  HUD approval of the certification satisfies its responsibilities under NEPA and related laws and authorities, and allows the County to use program funds.

Objections to Release of Funds: HUD will consider objections to its release of funds and the County certification received by March 9, 2017 or a period of fifteen days from its 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 or other officer of the County approved by HUD; (b) the County has omitted a step or failed to make a decision or finding required by HUD regulations at 24 CFR Part 58; (c) the grant recipient or other participants in the development process have committed funds,  incurred costs or undertaken activities not authorized by 24 CFR Part 58 before approval of a release of funds by HUD/State;  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 (24CFR Part 58) and shall be addressed to HUD, Office of Community Planning and Development, at the Wanamaker Building, 100 Penn Square East, Philadelphia, PA 19107-3380.  Potential objectors should contact HUD to verify the actual last day of the objection period.

Matthew Sternberg, Executive Director