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FINAL NOTICE AND EXPLANATION OF A PROPOSED ACTIVITY IN A 100 YEAR FLOODPLAIN, 500 To:

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FINAL NOTICE AND EXPLANATION OF A PROPOSED ACTIVITY IN A 100 YEAR FLOODPLAIN, 500 To: All interested Agencies, Groups and Individuals This is to give notice that the City of Norfolk under Part 58 has conducted an evaluation as required by Executive Order 11988 and 11990, in accordance with HUD regulations at 24 CFR 55.20 Subpart C Procedures for Making Determinations on Floodplain Management and Wetlands Protection. The activity is funded under the Project Based Vouchers Program (HUD contract number - TBD). The proposed project is located at 350 Campostella Road in Norfolk, Virginia. The property is 8.52 acres in size and is proposed to be developed as an apartment complex. The Retreat at Harbor Pointe development will consist of 246 new construction garden style units. Thirteen of the 246-units will be handicap accessible units. The proposed mix is 150 two-bedroom units with two full baths in each unit and 96 three-bedroom units with two full baths in each unit. Wetlands and floodplain will be impacted during development. The development will impact 0.10 acres of non-tidal wetlands, 0.14 acre of tidal wetlands, and 0.04 acre of temporary impacts. A small amount of the wetland impacts will be for a stormwater outfall. Most of the impacts to wetlands will be for a shoreline enhancement project. This enhancement includes installing a marsh toe revetment, removing concrete rubble from the shore, placing clean coarse sand and planting salt marsh grasses. A rip rap revetment will be placed along the entire length of the shoreline. Fill within the 100 year floodplain will impact 4.86 acres of the site. Fill within the 500 year floodplain will impact 1.54 acres of the site. These areas will be fill and raised out of the floodplain elevation. The project has received a Conditional Letter of Map Revision based on Fill (CLOMR-F) Comment Document. The City of Norfolk has considered the following alternatives and mitigation measures to be taken to minimize adverse impacts and to restore and preserve natural and beneficial values: The shoreline enhancement project must take place in a wetland because it will alter the existing shoreline to create a wider marsh and a rip rap revetment. The alternative to constructing the shoreline enhancement project and impacting wetlands is to leave the shoreline as it is, heavily impacted by concrete debris and eroding. This would not be preferable as the proposed plan will allow for creation of a wider tidal marsh that will protect the shoreline from erosion. Four other sites were looked at for this development. These sites did not work because they also impacted the floodplain, the city they are located in would not support the rezoning, the cost of demolition was too high, limited visibility, wetland impacts, and the properties needed to be rezoned. The proposed project will purchase credits from an approved bank within the HUC to mitigate for wetland impacts. The existing wetlands provide minimal erosion control and limited habitat for flora and fauna. While the project will also impact the floodplain, the site has already been developed in the past and has received a CLOMR-F on August 4, 2017. The developer will obtain the appropriate wetland permits prior to development of the site. The City of Norfolk has reevaluated the alternatives to building in the floodplain and wetland and has determined that it has no practicable alternative. Environmental files that document compliance with steps 3 through 6 of Executive Order 11988 and 11990, are available for public inspection, review and copying upon request at the times and location delineated in the last paragraph of this notice for receipt of comments. There are three primary purposes for this notice. First, people who may be affected by activities in floodplains and wetlands 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. Second, an adequate public notice program can be an important public educational tool. The dissemination of information and request for public comment about floodplains and wetlands 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 and wetlands, it must inform those who may be put at greater or continued risk. Written comments must be received by the City of Norfolk at the following address on or before June 13, 2018: Bay Environmental, Inc., 648 Independence Parkway, Suite 100, Chesapeake, VA 23320 and 757-436-5900 Attention: Amy Conley, Environmental Scientist. A full description of the project may also be reviewed from 8 am to 5 pm at the same address as above. Comments may also be submitted via email at amy@bay-environmental.com. June 5, 2018 VP 25673721A

Appeared in: The Virginian-Pilot

Published: The Virginian-Pilot - 06/05/2018