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Final Notice: Comment Period for Glenburnie Park Recreational Facilities


City of New Bern 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: City of New Bern
Project Title: 80210-DR-4393-NC – City of New Bern – Parks 2; PA-04-NC-4393-PW-02434
Location of Proposed Work:


Special Flood Hazard Area Zone:

This project is for the replacement of Glenburnie Park’s recreational facilities. All work is located in an AE zone (or 1% Annual Chance Flood Hazard) with portions seaward of the Limit of Moderate Wave Action (LiMWA) and shaded X zone (0.2% Annual Chance Flood Hazard). Confirmation of location in a Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA) was determined by the Craven County Pending Flood Insurance Rate Map, Panel Number: 3720557100K and 3720558100K, dated 06/19/2020. 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 flood zones. The proposed work will partially 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.

Proposed Work and Purpose:

The City of New Bern has replaced the disc golf catchers and will remove and replace fencing components and gate controller, asphalt shingles, and signage. They will also remove and replace a floating dock and dock components at Glenburnie Park. Glenburnie Park provides access to the recreational facilities and access to the Neuse River. Minimization measures will be implemented by spacing the deck boards further apart to reduce the stress of rising waters on the deck. As such, the useful life of this structure should increase and no adverse impacts to the floodplain should occur.

Project Alternatives:

Alternative #1
(No action): The 'no action' alternative would ultimately result in a negative impact on Glenburnie Park. If the damage is not repaired, then accessibility to recreation opportunities are limited and social impacts may occur.

Alternative #2 (Repair in-kind): Repairing components without minimization measures may result in similar damages from future events which would cause adverse economic and social impacts.

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-02434 11988 COMMENT].

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

POSTED ON: (MARCH 25, 2020)

End of Notice