Do The Texas 8 Step

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Published on March 2, 2009

Author: paulsuckow

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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.

Do the Texas 8-step … 5…6…7…8...

Building in a Flood Hazard Area? Redesign Existing Site Move Project to a Safer Site Obtain LOMA or LOMR Federally assisted projects MUST use the following 8 steps to review alternatives:

Redesign Existing Site

Move Project to a Safer Site

Obtain LOMA or LOMR

The 8-Step Process Step 1 Is the site in the 100 yr Floodplain? If NO, for building or construction Geocode or Highlight the site on a Digital Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) Download the actual FIRM panel Use BOTH to document the official ERR* (24 CFR Part 55.12(b)(6)) Create Covenant or Restriction & document drainage plan Proceed with project floodplain Structure * Environmental Review Record

Is the site in the 100 yr Floodplain?

If NO, for building or construction

Geocode or Highlight the site on a Digital Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM)

Download the actual FIRM panel

Use BOTH to document the official ERR*

(24 CFR Part 55.12(b)(6))

Create Covenant or Restriction & document drainage plan

Proceed with project

The 8-Step Process Step 1 Is the site in the 100 yr Floodplain? If YES to any part of site or building or both: Continue to Step Two floodplain Structure

Is the site in the 100 yr Floodplain?

If YES to any part of site or building or both:

Continue to Step Two

Step 2 Early Public Notice allow 15 DAY public comment period notice shall state The name of the project Proposed location Description of the activity Amount of property in the FP Location of the environmental record Name of the Official to send comment to

allow 15 DAY public comment period

notice shall state

The name of the project

Proposed location

Description of the activity

Amount of property in the FP

Location of the environmental record

Name of the Official to send comment to

Step 3 Evaluate Alternatives What are the alternatives? What are alternative sites, considering: natural conditions social demands/needs economic costs legal limitations Alternative methods to achieve same project goals A “no project” alternative

What are the alternatives?

What are alternative sites, considering:

natural conditions

social demands/needs

economic costs

legal limitations

Alternative methods to achieve same project goals

A “no project” alternative

Step 4 Identify Impacts Impact to the floodplain Impact to people and property Types of impact: Positive and Negative Concentrated and Dispersed Short and long term

Impact to the floodplain

Impact to people and property

Types of impact:

Positive and Negative

Concentrated and Dispersed

Short and long term

Step 5 Minimize Restore and Preserve Minimize harm to lives and property limit fill of floodplain minimize grading relocate non-conforming structures preserve natural drainage maintain buffers use detention ponds minimize tree cutting

Minimize harm to lives and property

limit fill of floodplain

minimize grading

relocate non-conforming structures

preserve natural drainage

maintain buffers

use detention ponds

minimize tree cutting

Step 6 Reevaluate the Project is project still feasible considering: exposure to floods potential to increase hazards new information gathered in step 4 and 5

is project still feasible considering:

exposure to floods

potential to increase hazards

new information gathered in step 4 and 5

Step 7 Publish the Final Notice If it is determined there is still no feasible alternative: Publish Final Notice justify location in Floodplain list alternatives considered list all mitigation measures WAIT seven days for public comment

If it is determined there is still no feasible alternative:

Publish Final Notice

justify location in Floodplain

list alternatives considered

list all mitigation measures

WAIT seven days for public comment

Step 8 Implement the project From the time of firm approval, HUD Program Staff Must: continue to monitor and ensure mitigation measures are implemented

From the time of firm approval, HUD Program Staff Must:

continue to monitor and

ensure mitigation measures are implemented

Review HUD’s 8-step Decision-Making Process for Floodplains and Wetlands Is the site in a floodplain? Serve early public notice Review alternatives: accept project as submitted, accept with modifications as dictated by HUD, or reject. Consider impacts Consider mitigation of impacts Reconsider alternatives Serve 2nd public notice with decision to proceed Approval of firm commitment and monitoring

Is the site in a floodplain?

Serve early public notice

Review alternatives: accept project as submitted, accept with modifications as dictated by HUD, or reject.

Consider impacts

Consider mitigation of impacts

Reconsider alternatives

Serve 2nd public notice with decision to proceed

Approval of firm commitment and monitoring

Doin' the Texas 8-step Paul M. Suckow Senior Planner Harris County Community Services Department 713-578-2018

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