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Posted on: October 29, 2020

Joint Federal, State, Local final public notice for FEMA grant

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Orange County has applied for Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) funding through the North Carolina Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency (NCEMA/HS) as a sub-recipient.

Under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), federal actions must be reviewed and evaluated for feasible alternatives and for social, economic, historic, environmental, legal, and safety considerations. Under Executive Order (EO) 11988 and EO 11990, FEMA is required to consider alternatives to and to provide a public notice of any proposed actions in or affecting floodplains or wetlands. EO 12898 also requires FEMA to provide the opportunity for public participation in the planning process and to consider potential impacts to minority and low-income populations. This notice may also fulfill requirements under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA).

Funding for the proposed project will be conditional upon compliance with all applicable federal, tribal, state, and local laws, regulations, floodplain standards, permit requirements and conditions.

  • Applicant: Orange County
  • Project Title: DR-4393 Orange County Acquisition
  • Location of Proposed Work: 
  • Name of Structure: 503 Brandywine Rd
  • Address of Structures: 503 Brandywine Rd, Chapel Hill, NC 27516
  • Date of Construction: 1971

A map showing the location of the property is available by contacting Sasha Godwin at (919) 245-6160 or sgodwin@orangecountync.gov.

Special Flood Hazard Area Zone: 

This project is for the acquisition and demolition of one (1) property located in flood zone AE (1% annual chance flood elevation). Confirmation of location in an SFHA was made by reference to the latest Flood Insurance Rate Map, Panel 3710977700K. The proposed work conforms to all applicable State of North Carolina and local floodplain regulations. The proposed work has no effect on the local floodplain.

Proposed Work and Purpose:

The County of Orange is requesting funds to acquire and demolish 1 flood-prone property located in the Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA). The property will be converted to open space to mitigate any future flood damages.

Project Alternatives

  • Alternative #1 (no action alternative): If no action is taken, no risks are mitigated. The risk to loss of life and property remains.
  • Alternative #2: An alternative project would be to elevate the home out of the floodplain, reducing (but not eliminating) the risk of flood damage in the future.

Comment Period

Comments are solicited from the public; local, state or federal agencies; and other interested parties in order to consider and evaluate the impacts of the proposed project. The comments should be made in writing and addressed to Orange County, Attn: Ms. Sasha Godwin, or emailed sgodwin@orangecountync.gov by November 28, 2020.

Interested persons may submit comments, obtain more detailed information about the proposed action, or request a copy of the findings by contacting: Sasha Godwin at (919) 245-6160 or sgodwin@orangecountync.gov.

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