Final Notice and Public Explanation of a Proposed Activity | Legal Notice

FFinal Notice and Public Explanation of a Proposed Activity in a 100-Year-Old Floodplain To: All interested agencies, groups, and individuals This is to inform that the City of Dubuque has conducted an assessment as required by Executive Order 11988, in accordance with HUD regulations at 24 CFR 55.20 Subpart C Procedures for Making Decisions on the floodplain management, to determine the potential effect that its activity in the floodplain will have on the human environment for the redevelopment of Comiskey Park under B-21-MC-19-0004, B-20-MC-19 -0004, B-19-MC-19-0004 , B-18-MC-19-0004 and B-17-MC-19-0004, Community Development Block Grant. This funding will be used in conjunction with other grants to redevelop Comiskey Park. The proposed project(s) are located at Comiskey Park, 255 E 24th Street in Dubuque, Iowa, Dubuque County. Activities taking place in the floodplain will include the installation of basketball and multi-sport courts, walkways, seating areas and native seeding. There is a total of 0.88 acres of floodplain in this comprehensive 5.76 acre area. The proposed project(s) are located at Comiskey Park, 255 E 24th Street in the Town of Dubuque, Iowa, in Dubuque County. The City of Dubuque considered the following alternatives and mitigation measures to be taken to minimize negative impacts and to restore and preserve natural and beneficial values: relocation of all activities to an area outside of the floodplain in the park ; redevelop a different park that does not have a special flood risk zone; and taking no action. These alternatives were not retained because the location of the multi-sports grounds in the south-east corner of the park will produce the least amount of noise and light pollution for the residents of the sector; Comiskey Park is centrally located in a highly residential, low/moderate income area with high foot traffic and is frequently the site of neighborhood gatherings; and doing nothing will result in more urgent maintenance and replacement needs for park amenities in the short term. This project complies with local floodplain protection procedures and is awaiting approval from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. The City of Dubuque re-evaluated alternatives to building in the floodplain and determined that there was no feasible alternative. Environmental records that document compliance with Steps 3 through 6 of Executive Order 11988 are available for public inspection, review, and copying upon request at the times and locations listed in the last paragraph of this notice for receipt of comments. This activity will not have a significant impact on the environment for the following reasons: There will be no significant elevation change for this project; engineering controls will be provided for proper drainage and stormwater management; and there will be no structures built in the floodplain and no critical action. There are three main purposes for this review. First, people who may be affected by activities in floodplains and those who have an interest in the protection of the natural environment should be given the opportunity to express their concerns and provide information about these areas. Second, an adequate public notification program can be an important public education tool. Disseminating floodplain information can facilitate and enhance federal efforts to reduce the risks associated with occupying and altering these special areas. Third, in the interests of fairness, when the federal government decides that it will participate in actions taking place in floodplains, it must notify those who may be at increased or continued risk. Written comments should be received by the City of Dubuque at the following address no later than April 24, 2022: City of Dubuque Housing and Community Development Department, 350 W. 6th Street, Suite 312, Dubuque, IA 52001 and 563-690 -6102 , Attention: Alexis Steger, Director of Housing and Community Development during the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Comments can also be submitted by email to [email protected] Date: April 17, 2022 1t 4/17

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