Advisory Council on Historic Preservation: Section 106 tools on infrastructure

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ACHP Office of Federal Agency Programs Director Reid Nelson spoke to the membership of ACRA on the NHPA Section 106 process and infrastructure development.
ACHP Office of Federal Agency Programs Director Reid Nelson spoke to the membership of ACRA on the NHPA Section 106 process and infrastructure development.

Federal agencies are scrambling to meet the executive mandate to reduce, consolidate and streamline regulation. The Office of Federal Agency Programs of the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation is highlighting ways Section 106 process meets this mandate.

This fall I attended the American Cultural Resources Association’s annual conference. A highlight of the conference was Reid Nelson, Director of the Office of Federal Agency Programs of the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, who discussed ACHP’s focus on providing tools for compliance for range of infrastructure projects. He outlined the many ways ACHP is working to improve the timeliness and predictability of the Section 106 process.

ACHP has a bevy of information that cultural resources professionals will find improves the process, for example:

Section 106 and Infrastructure Projects – This site provides a toolkit, questions and answers, success stories, and strategies for finding efficiencies while completing Section 106 review on infrastructure projects.

Guidance on Agreement Documents – This site provides detailed guidance in developing, implementing, and concluding agreements such as Memorandum of Agreement and Programmatic Agreements. ACHP also provides GAD Facts that addresses commonly encountered scenarios with agreement documents.

Program Comment for Communications Projects on Federal Lands and Property – We brought this Section 106 alternative to your attention back in July. This tool assists federal land and property managing agencies in permitting and approving the placement of communications infrastructure more efficiently.

Infrastructure improvement will be on the forefront of federal issues to be addressed in 2018. Questions remain about how and when we’ll address the country’s aging roads, bridges, dams and vital public works. At Mead & Hunt, we’ve been highlighting the urgent need to press our political representatives to make this needed investment:

The question remains, will the ACHP information be enough? Or will they be looking at regulatory change in the future?


Chad Moffett

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Chad Moffett enjoys different types of historic preservation projects and helping our clients. “Every place has a unique and interesting history. Discovering and understanding these stories and how history affected the built environment is an exciting challenge,” he says. Chad specializes in developing balanced solutions that meet client needs while respecting historic resources for future generations.

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