NC Department of Natural and Cultural Resources has applied for Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Public Assistance (PA) Program funding through North Carolina Emergency Management (NCEM) 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, 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.

Sub-Applicant: NC Department of Natural and Cultural Resources

Project Title: 87381 - Tryon Palace Parks and Recreation Damage; PA-04-NC-4393-PW-02303

Location of Proposed Work:

This project is for the replacement and repairs of walkways, stairways, ramps, and walkway lights for accessibility and navigation through Tryon Palace and NC History Center outdoor areas. All work is located in an AE zone or (1% Annual Chance Flood Hazard) and shaded X zone or .2% Annual Chance Flood Hazard. Confirmation of location in a floodplain was determined by the Tryon County Preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Map, Panel Number: 3720548900K, dated 06/30/2018. The proposed work conforms to all applicable State of North Carolina and local floodplain regulations. There is a potential for the facility to be impacted by future flooding events due to its location within the AE and shaded X zone. 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.
Special Flood Hazard Area Zone:

Proposed Work and Purpose:

NC Department of Natural and Cultural Resources will replace soil, mulch, and gravel composite; replenish garden walkway; remove and replace concrete stairs and ADA complaint concrete switchback ramp; replace iron drain grates; repair path lights and light posts. The purpose of the repairs to restore visibility and accessibility to the North Carolina History Center outdoor areas and Marl Walkway at Tryon Palace.

Project Alternatives:

Alternative #1 (No action): The 'no action' alternative would ultimately result in a negative impact on the visitors of the Tryon Palace and NC History Center. If the damage is not repaired, then accessibility is limited to navigate these facilities and social impacts may occur.

Alternative #2 (Relocation): Relocating these structures outside of the floodplain is not a practicable alternative. The majority of the facility is within the floodplain and the repairs provide access to the historical and educational facilities in the park.

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:

FEMA Internal 11988 Reviewer

FEMA Region 4

3003 Chamblee-Tucker Road

Atlanta, Georgia, 30341


Alternatively, comments may be emailed to: Please send comments with the subject line [DR-4393-NC-02303 11988 COMMENT].

All comments are due by no later than 30 days of the posted date of this notice.

POSTED ON: (1/24/2020)

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