Hawaii Tribune-Herald
Notice #: 0001280977-02
Public Notices

NOTICE OF FINDING OF NO SIGNIFICANT IMPACT AND NOTICE OF INTENT TO REQUEST RELEASE OF FUNDS May 28, 2020 William J. Aila, Jr., Chairman Hawaiian Homes Commission Department of Hawaiian Home Lands P.O. Box 1879 Honolulu, Hawai’i 96805 (808) 620-9501 These notices shall satisfy two separate but related procedural requirements for activities to be undertaken by the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands. On or about June 15, 2020, the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands (DHHL) will submit a request to the HUD for the release of Native Hawaiian Housing Block Grant funds under Title VIII-Housing Assistance for Native Hawaiians of the Native American Housing Assistance and Self Determination Act (NAHASDA) of 1996, as amended, to undertake a project known as the Keaukaha Residential Lots project for the purpose of providing infill development on vacant lots and rehabilitating existing homes in need of repair within the established Keaukaha residential neighborhood. The HUD funding amount is expected to be $15,000,000. FINDING OF NO SIGNIFICANT IMPACT The declaration of A Finding of No Significant Impacts (FONSI) for the activities proposed has been made under HUD regulations at 24 CFR Part 58 Subpart E and 40 CFR 1508.13 from National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) requirements. Therefore, an Environmental Impact Statement under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) is not required. An Environmental Review Record (ERR) that documents the environmental determinations for this project is on file at the DHHL O’ahu Office and may be examined by email request to Ms. Cynthia Rezentes (Cynthia.rezentes@hawaii.gov). PUBLIC COMMENTS Any individual, group, or agency may submit written comments on the ERR to the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands, Office of the Chairman, Attn: Cynthia K.L. Rezentes, 91-5420 Kapolei Parkway, Kapolei Hi 96707. All comments received by June 12th, will be considered by the DHHL prior to authorizing submission of a request for release of funds. ENVIRONMENTAL CERTIFICATION The DHHL certifies to HUD that William J. Aila, Jr. in his capacity as Chairman 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’s approval of the certification satisfies its responsibilities under NEPA and related laws and authorities and allows the DHHL to use Program funds. OBJECTIONS TO RELEASE OF FUNDS HUD will accept objections to its release of funds and the DHHL’s certification for a period of fifteen days following the anticipated submission date or its actual receipt of the request (whichever is later) only if they are on the following bases: (a) the certification was not executed by the Certifying Officer of the DHHL; (b) the DHHL 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; 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 (24 CFR Part 58, Sec. 58.76) and shall be emailed to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Honolulu Field Office, Office of Native American Programs at this email address: claudine.c.allen@hud.gov. Potential objectors should contact HUD to verify the actual last day of the objection period. William J. Aila, Jr., Chairman, DHHL (SA1280977 5/28/20)