HUD Issues Notice CPD-20-07: Guidance on Conducting Environmental Reviews Pursuant to 24 CFR 58 for Activities Undertaken in Response to the Public Health Emergency as a Result of COVID-19
HUD’s guidance on conducting environmental review pursuant to 24 CFR 58 for activities undertaken in response to the public health emergency as a result of COVID-19 is now posted.
The purpose of this Notice is to provide guidance on environmental review processing for activities needed to respond to COVID-19. This Notice describes:
- Types of activities that meet the environmental review exemption at 24 CFR 58.34(a)(10) for improvements necessary to respond to an imminent threat to public safety
- The process for using HUD’s expedited public notice and condensed comment periods for environmental reviews during a Presidentially-declared disaster or a locally declared emergency
- A Table of Activities that lists examples of the types of activities that are typically needed to address a public health emergency organized by the level of environmental review required
Prior HUD guidance on environmental review processing for activities undertaken in response to a Presidentially-declared disaster or local emergency focused on activities related to clearing debris, protecting buildings from further damage, and protecting the public from damaged structures. This Notice will make it easier for grantees to quickly identify the appropriate level of review and implement the activity.