PUBLIC NOTICE

 

PUBLIC NOTICE
Federal Emergency Management Agency
In accordance with 44 CFR §9.8 for Executive Orders 11988 & 119
Proposed Home Elevations
Township of Berkeley, Ocean County, New Jersey

Notification is hereby given to the public of the intent of the Department of Homeland Security-Federal Emergency Management Agency (DHS-FEMA) to provide federal funding to the Township of Berkeley as Subrecipient for the proposed elevation of ten (10) residential structures through the Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) Grant Program. The purpose of the FMA Grant Program is to reduce or eliminate claims under the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). This notification is given in accordance with Executive Order (EO) 11988 (Floodplain Management), EO 11990 (Protection of Wetlands), the National Historic Preservation Act, the Federal Coastal Zone Management Act, and 44 CFR Part 9, regulations for implementing EOs 11988-11990.

The proposed scope of work consists of elevating flood prone homes in compliance with local floodplain ordinances, NFIP Standards in 44 CFR Part 60, and the American Society of Civil Engineers Flood Resistant Design & Construction standards (ASCE 24-14 or the latest edition) or its equivalent as stated in the 2015 FEMA Hazard Mitgation Assistance Guidance Addendum, as minimum design criteria. The structures will be elevated to the most restrictive base flood elevation (BFE), as indicated by best available flood map data, plus two (2) feet of freeboard.

This action would take place within the 100-year floodplain. Alternatives considered include: 1) taking no action 2) acquiring and demolishing the homes or, 3) the proposed alternative, which is elevating the homes at their current locations. FEMA has determined that elevating the structures is the most practicable alternative to ensure that the homes and their occupants are out of harm's way. FEMA has also determined that investment of funds to reduce flood risk is in the public interest. Potential impacts to water quality or aquatic habitat are anticipated to be temporary during construction and minimized through best management practices and conservation measures incorporated from resource agency recommendations and required regulatory permits.

Comments about this project, potential alternatives, and floodplain and/or wetland impacts may be submitted in writing within 15 days of the date of this publication to: FEMA Region 2, Attn: Environmental Planning and Historic Preservation, 26 Federal Plaza, New York, NY, 10278 or via email to FEMAR2COMMENT@fema.dhs.gov. If substantive comments are received, FEMA will evaluate and address the comments as part of the environmental documentation for this project

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