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Do The Texas 8 Step


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How to comply with HUD 8-step public review process for proposed federally-assisted projects in a special flood hazard area or westland, consistent with Executive Orders 11988 and 11990.

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Do The Texas 8 Step

  1. 1. Do the Texas 8-step … 5…6…7…8...
  2. 2. Building in a Flood Hazard Area? <ul><ul><li>Redesign Existing Site </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Move Project to a Safer Site </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Obtain LOMA or LOMR </li></ul></ul>Federally assisted projects MUST use the following 8 steps to review alternatives:
  3. 3. The 8-Step Process Step 1 <ul><ul><li>Is the site in the 100 yr Floodplain? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>If NO, for building or construction </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Geocode or Highlight the site on a Digital Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Download the actual FIRM panel </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Use BOTH to document the official ERR* </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>(24 CFR Part 55.12(b)(6)) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Create Covenant or Restriction & document drainage plan </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Proceed with project </li></ul></ul>floodplain Structure * Environmental Review Record
  4. 4. The 8-Step Process Step 1 <ul><ul><li>Is the site in the 100 yr Floodplain? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>If YES to any part of site or building or both: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Continue to Step Two </li></ul></ul></ul>floodplain Structure
  5. 5. Step 2 Early Public Notice <ul><ul><li>allow 15 DAY public comment period </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>notice shall state </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>The name of the project </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Proposed location </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Description of the activity </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Amount of property in the FP </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Location of the environmental record </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Name of the Official to send comment to </li></ul></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Step 3 Evaluate Alternatives <ul><ul><li>What are the alternatives? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>What are alternative sites, considering: </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>natural conditions </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>social demands/needs </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>economic costs </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>legal limitations </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Alternative methods to achieve same project goals </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>A “no project” alternative </li></ul></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Step 4 Identify Impacts <ul><ul><li>Impact to the floodplain </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Impact to people and property </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Types of impact: </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Positive and Negative </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Concentrated and Dispersed </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Short and long term </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Step 5 Minimize Restore and Preserve <ul><ul><li>Minimize harm to lives and property </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>limit fill of floodplain </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>minimize grading </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>relocate non-conforming structures </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>preserve natural drainage </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>maintain buffers </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>use detention ponds </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>minimize tree cutting </li></ul></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Step 6 Reevaluate the Project <ul><ul><li>is project still feasible considering: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>exposure to floods </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>potential to increase hazards </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>new information gathered in step 4 and 5 </li></ul></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Step 7 Publish the Final Notice <ul><ul><li>If it is determined there is still no feasible alternative: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Publish Final Notice </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>justify location in Floodplain </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>list alternatives considered </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>list all mitigation measures </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>WAIT seven days for public comment </li></ul></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Step 8 Implement the project <ul><ul><li>From the time of firm approval, HUD Program Staff Must: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>continue to monitor and </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>ensure mitigation measures are implemented </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. Review HUD’s 8-step Decision-Making Process for Floodplains and Wetlands <ul><ul><li>Is the site in a floodplain? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Serve early public notice </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Review alternatives: accept project as submitted, accept with modifications as dictated by HUD, or reject. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Consider impacts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Consider mitigation of impacts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reconsider alternatives </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Serve 2nd public notice with decision to proceed </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Approval of firm commitment and monitoring </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. Doin' the Texas 8-step Paul M. Suckow Senior Planner Harris County Community Services Department 713-578-2018