Public Notice: Public comment period currently underway for Hazard Mitigation Grant Program buyouts

Posted March 1, 2019 at 12:27 pm     Category: News ReleasePublic NoticeRecovery & Resilience

New Hanover County, NC – Notice is hereby given that New Hanover County is being considered for funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) through the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program, as a result of Hurricane Florence. North Carolina Emergency Management’s Hazard Mitigation Branch is conducting a public comment period for New Hanover County from now until March 30, 2019 regarding the project listed below.

Project Title: New Hanover County Expedited Acquisitions

Location of Proposed Work: The area affected by this project consists of 12 properties located on the following streets in New Hanover County: Treasure Island Way, Blue Clay Road, Murrayville Road, Conway Road, Avon Court, and Lynbrook Drive. Maps of the project areas can be reviewed by contacting Maggie Gurule with NC Emergency Management at 919-825-2570.

Proposed Work and Purpose: This will be a voluntary acquisition program. For all property owners who decide to participate in this voluntary program, the properties will be acquired using Hazard Mitigation Grant Program funds and demolished using Public Assistance funds. Once demolished, the properties will be deeded as open space, owned by the county in perpetuity and will be allowed to revert to their natural state.

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. Comments should be made in writing and addressed to NC Emergency Management Hazard Mitigation Branch, Attn: EHP Specialist, 4238 Mail Service Center, Raleigh NC 27699-4238, or emailed to, by May 13, 2019. The State will forward comments to applicable agencies as needed.


Under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), federal actions must be reviewed and evaluated for feasible alternatives for social, economic, historic, environmental, legal, and safety considerations. Under Executive Order 11988 and Executive Order 11990, FEMA is required to consider alternatives to and provide public notices of any proposed actions in or affecting floodplains or wetlands. Executive Order 12892 also requires FEMA to provide an opportunity for public participation in the planning process and to consider potential impacts to minority or low-income populations.

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.

Updated April 11, 2019

Kate Murphy

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