HUD, NEPA and the Environmental Review Process

by Pam Jackson
Jun 12, 2015
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As part of Envirologic s continuing professional development initiative, Project Manager and Hydrogeologist Erik Peterson, recently attended a HUD (U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development) Environmental Review Process (24 CFR PART 58) Training. The importance of this multi-day program was to affirm our understanding of the review process requirements when working on potential HUD-funded projects. Specifically, how best to navigate and implement the complex regulatory and administrative incentives of the program for our clients. The environmental review must be completed before funds are released to the project, and Envirologic can assist responsible entities in the preparation of required environmental documentation. Why HUD requires this review process is clear in their mission, to create strong, sustainable, inclusive communities and quality affordable homes for all.

For those groups that have completed a grant agreement with HUD for a development project (units of local government, states, tribal and housing authorities, non-profit and for-profit entities), the process reviews a project and its potential environmental impacts to determine whether it meets federal, state, and local environmental standards. A basic level of environmental review is required for ALL HUD-assisted projects. Project specific considerations can include endangered species, wetlands, floodplains, noise impacts, asbestos, air and water quality, etc. Not all HUD projects are required to complete a full environmental review, but every project must be in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). NEPA s intent is to integrate potential environmental impacts into the developer s decision-making process. For example - how will the proposed actions negatively affect the environment and are there reasonable alternatives?

As federal, state and local regulations are implemented, updated or transformed, we continue to educate our team on how those programs and changes effect the communities we work in and how best to support our clients and their redevelopment projects. If you have questions about the environmental review process, please contact Erik at epeterson@envirologic.com or 269-342-1100 .


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