FINAL PUBLIC NOTICE

Pamlico County has applied for Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Public Assistance (PA) 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: Pamlico County

Project Title: DR-4393 County Remote Facilities

Location of Proposed Work: Town of Oriental

            Name of Structure: See Table   

            Address of Structures: See Table, Oriental, Pamlico County, NC

Facility

Address

Latitude

Longitude

Date of Construction

Styrontown Pier

681 Styrontown Beach Rd., Oriental, NC 28571

35.00956

-76.71031

1996

Bulkhead

681 Styrontown Beach Rd., Oriental, NC 28571

S:35.009899

 

E:35.009117

-76.709946

 

-76.710846

1996

Special Flood Hazard Area Zone: This project is for the repair of a fishing pier and bulkhead located in an Unshaded-X and AE flood zone (Elevation 8 Feet). Confirmation of location in an SFHA was made by reference to the latest Preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Map, Panel 3720648600K issued on 06/30/2016. The proposed work conforms to all applicable State of North Carolina and local floodplain regulations. The proposed work will not take place in wetlands per the United States Fish and Wildlife Service National Wetlands Inventory and will have little potential to impact or affect wetland values.

Proposed Work and Purpose:

Pamlico County is requesting funds to repair a fishing pier and bulkhead by upgrading to current codes and standards. The purpose of this project is to replace structures and supplies that are in support of open space use encouraging tourism in the Town of Oriental.

Project Alternatives: 

Alternative #1 (no action alternative): If no action is taken to protect these public facilities, it will impact tourism for the Town of Oriental.  

Alternative #2: (Relocation) Relocating structures outside of the SFHA was evaluated. The practicability of moving these structures out of the flood zone would defeat their purpose as they are installed to promote open space use and stimulate tourism.

Alternative #3: (Minimization) Alternatives such as using hog slats and spacing out the decking boards were considered. Hog slats were not practicable because pilings would need to be replaced to support the new decking. Spacing out boards was against ADA regulations since it is restrictive to handicap. Therefore, mitigation is not feasible. Both the pier and bulkhead support open space use and aid to the revenue of the town through tourism.

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 the Federal Coordinating Officer (FCO) at: U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency – Region IV - EHP, 3003 Chamblee Tucker Rd, Atlanta, GA 30341-4112, via email to FEMA-R4EHP@fema.dhs.gov. Comments should be sent in writing at the above address within 30 days of the date of this notice with the subject line:  PA-04-NC-4393-PW-00650, Pamlico County.

POSTED ON: October 7, 2019

End of Notice

Posted by Courtney N. Monday, October 7, 2019 1:35:00 PM