Original file can be found here.

 

Combined Notice of Finding of No Significant Impact and

Notice of Intent to Request a Release of Funds

 

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NOTICE OF FINDING OF NO SIGNFICANT IMPACT AND
NOTICE OF INTENT TO REQUEST RELEASE OF FUNDS

11/25/2019 

Colleton County

PO Box 157

Walterboro, SC 29488

(843) 549-5221

  

These notices shall satisfy two separate but related procedural requirements for activities to be undertaken by Colleton County.

REQUEST FOR RELEASE OF FUNDS 

On or about December 16, 2019, Colleton County will submit a request to the SC Department of Commerce/Grants Administration Division for the release of CDBG funds under Title I of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, as amended, to undertake a project known as the Colleton County Project with a total of $550,000 including $500,000 CDBG funds where the County proposes to use funding to upgrade the water lines in the identified neighborhood. The primary activity with this project is to replace the old, small water lines with larger water lines and add fire hydrants. Approximately 7,001 LF of new 6” water line will replace the existing small water line to connect the water line to provide a looping effect and improve water pressure and flow to allow for installing fire hydrants to cover the area with better fire protection. Additionally, the project will include the installation of 5 new fire hydrants, 12 new gate valves, replacement of all service assemblies, and looped interconnections to an existing 12-inch water main, an existing 8-inch water main, and an existing 6-inch water main.  The looping improves flow capabilities, reduces pressure losses, and helps to maintain fresh water.

 

Proposed 6-inch water main along Live Oak Street will cross wetlands depicted on the USFWS National Wetlands Inventory Maps beginning approximately 1,135 south of Live Oak Street’s intersection with Barracada Road.  The crossing is proposed to be made by the directional drill method using fused HDPE pipe extending approximately 300 feet southward in a manner such that there will be no impacts to these wetlands.  Both the entry point and the exit point will be positioned outside the boundaries of the wetlands.  Directional drilling of utility pipelines has now advanced to the point that such wetlands crossings need not be designed with one continuous arc but rather can be turned as needed to extend under streams and associated wetlands such as Shereau Branch without having to go excessively deep.  This will allow the design to proceed such that there will be a minimum of 4 feet of earth cover, but not so deep that access is restricted if a leak or rupture were to occur.  A wetlands crossing in this manner would be allowed by the US Army Corps of Engineers Nationwide Permit #12-Utility Line Activities and would not require the submittal of a Pre-Construction Notification.

Since there are no wetlands within the right-of-way of Barracada Road and the water mainalong that road is proposed to be completely within that right-of-way, there will be no water mains crossing wetlands along that road.

The design of the proposed project will incorporate the use of Best Management Practices (BMP’s) particularly as it relates to sediment/erosion control and the protection of the wetlands to be crossed.

 

FINDING OF NO SIGNIFICANT IMPACT

Colleton County has determined that the project will have no significant impact on the human environment.  Therefore, an Environmental Impact Statement under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) is not required.  Additional project information is contained in the Environmental Review Record (ERR) on file at Colleton County Administration Office, 109 Benson Street, Walterboro, SC and may be examined or copied weekdays 9A.M to 5P.M.

Relocate

6 Reasons to Make Walterboro Your New Lowcountry Home

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If the stress of city living is crimping your quality of life, why not slow things down on the Front Porch of the Lowcountry?

Walterboro is the hot new relocation destination for people who want to escape from the traffic of Charleston, Summerville, Columbia, Beaufort and Savannah. There is so much to love about Walterboro.

 1. Home Sweet Home

Walterboro is home the minute you get here. People make sure you know they’re glad you’re here because there’s enough room for everyone.

“It got kind of crowded for me and I was looking for a place that had good schools,” said Amy, who moved her family to Walterboro from Isle of Palms, outside Charleston. “It’s a great experience just to be able to have your children go outside and play. I cannot imagine anyone coming here and not feeling welcome or at home and safe.”

Walterboro is the perfect size where most everybody knows everyone else. People greet you by name on the street and ask about your children 

2. Affordability

Make yourself at home and take then next step by buying a home. Big city living costs are starting to descend on Coastal South Carolina communities, but not on Walterboro. Buy a charming Lowcountry home here for 80 cents on the dollar and enjoy the arts and cultural activities that abound here without breaking the bank.

“The house that we have we probably couldn’t afford if we lived in Charleston or any of the bigger cities,” say Aaron and Denise, a young couple with children who relocated from Charleston.

3Best of Both Worlds

In Walterboro, we’re big enough for a charming downtown and two commercial exits on I-95, filled with wonderful antique stores, boutiques, and restaurants but small enough that nature shimmers all around us.

To top it off, Walterboro is centrally located between bigger cities like Charleston, Beaufort, Summerville, Columbia, and Savannah, right off of I-95, and within an hour of two international airports. There’s big city access from small town living. You can truly have your cake and eat it too.

4. Natural Attraction

Nature abounds within the city and beyond. The renowned Walterboro Wildlife Sanctuary, a 600-acre environmental wonderland just steps from a downtown that teems with coastal South Carolina flora and fauna, sits right on the edge of town. Just 14 miles south, the Donnelly Wildlife Management Area is an 8,000-acre jewel of the ACE Basin, the East Coast's largest estuarine preserve.

But you don’t need a sanctuary visit to enjoy the natural beauty surrounding Walterboro. Ample acreage of unspoiled vistas greet folks who move here, whether to farm or just commune with nature. 

5. A Great Retirement Location

For all the reasons above, Walterboro is a wonderful place to spend your golden years. For those here to relax, the weather and unhurried pace are a perfect fit. Those who prefer to exercise their body and mind can take advantage of the wide open spaces, wonderful hunting and fishing options, and even tuition-free courses for retirees and those 60+ at USC Salkehatchie, right here in Walterboro.

Walterboro takes care of its retirees. Healthcare is just minutes away at Colleton Medical Center, which has won awards for its Wound Care Clinic and nursing staff. 

6. A Business-Friendly Environment

Walterboro is a place where small businesses are free to grow and succeed on their merits. “Red tape” and “congestion” are not part of Walterboro’s vocabulary. The result is a thriving downtown of small businesses and growing commercial corridors that provide opportunities for entrepreneurs and employment for residents.

Mayor Bill Young sums it up: “Consider what life would look like with more time in your day, more money in your pocket and more space to stretch.”

To learn more about living in Walterboro, visit WalterboroSC.org.

 
Read the Post & Courier article here.

Business-Friendly

Here on The Front Porch of the Lowcountry, we like to watch things grow. Like your own farm, your event space, your food truck or any of the other dreams you shelved for so long. You can grow here thanks to wide open spaces, welcoming regulations and lower cost of living. So come plant your dreams in Walterboro. The Front Porch of the Lowcountry.

  • Business-friendly environment

  • Lower cost of living

  • Wide open spaces


Active Retirement

 

Whether you seek ample acreage to farm or spread out in, or a tiny yard with an antique cottage, there’s a place for you here in The Front Porch of the Lowcountry. Check out Walterboro and Colleton County: world-class health care, low cost of living, neighborly people and easy access to everything you want or need. Come see for yourself. We’re saving you a spot in Walterboro. The Front Porch of the Lowcountry.

  • World-class healthcare
  • Lower cost of living
  • Small town charm

Lowcountry Living

 

Coastal South Carolina has seen so much growth in recent years, it can be a little challenging. We invite you to visit Walterboro, and consider what your life would look like with more time in your day, more money in your pocket, and more space to stretch. Walterboro’s wonderful, and we’re pretty sure you’ll make it more so. Come see for yourself, here on The Front Porch of the Lowcountry.

  • Less traffic
  • Small town living
  • Charming community