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106 in Action Archive
of Prominent Section 106 Cases California: Development of the
Presidio Trust Implementation Plan, San Francisco
Development of the Presidio Trust Implementation Plan, Presidio of San Francisco
Agency: Presidio Trust
Criteria for ACHP Involvement:
- Development of the proposed plan will chart the future for a large
portion of the Presidio of San Francisco, a National Historic Landmark
district (Criterion 1).
- There is considerable public interest and debate over the proposed
plan (Criterion 3).
In an effort to update the 1994 General Management Plan for the Presidio
of San Francisco, the Presidio Trust has developed a draft set of alternatives
for future management of the complex. The draft, known as the Presidio
Trust Implementation Plan (PTIP) has been circulated for public review
and an initial round of comments. (The plan is available at www.presidiotrust.gov/ptip/.)
Currently, ACHP is involved in consultation to develop a Programmatic
Agreement (PA) that addresses the Section 106 implications of the management
decisions included in the PTIP, as well as daily operation and maintenance
activities at the Presidio.
As currently written, the draft PA sets up a process for ACHP,
the California State Historic Preservation Officer (SHPO), the National
Park Service (NPS), and the public to take part in the subsequent formulation
of smaller and more detailed area-specific plans that meet the requirements
of the planning principles set forth in the PTIP. Further meetings with
the consulting parties are scheduled to discuss proposed revisions to
On a related note, the Presidio Trust also recently responded to the
formal comments of ACHP regarding the proposed construction of
the Letterman Digital Arts Center. The Presidio Trust pledged to continue
working with LucasFilm, Ltd. to ensure that a good faith effort is made
to address the concerns articulated in ACHPs comments in
the final design of the digital arts complex. (For further information
on ACHPs comments, see
the Winter 2001 report on this case.
Presidio of San Francisco, California, with the
Golden Gate Bridge (staff photo)
The Presidio of San Francisco is a property of unique natural and cultural
importance that has been designated a National Historic Landmark. Established
as a Spanish military post, it became the oldest American military post
in continuous operation. It contains historic structures from every major
military construction period since 1848. Under the terms of the Base Closure
and Realignment Act, the Presidio was transferred to the National Park
Service in 1994.
In July 1998, administration of the non-coastal portion of the Presidio
of San Francisco (known as Area B) was transferred from NPS to the Presidio
Trust, a Federal Government corporation created by Congress. Although
the Presidio Trust is responsible for the management, including environmental
compliance, of approximately 80 per cent of the Presidio, the complex
in its entirety remains part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.
The challenge before the Presidio Trust is to manage Area B of the Presidio
in a manner that allows it to become financially self-sufficient by 2013
while still remaining a unit of the National Park System. (For more information
on the Presidio, visit www. presidiotrust.gov.)
In 1994, the NPS approved a General Management Plan (GMP) for the operation
administration of the Presidio. Since assuming the management of most
of the installation in 1998, the Presidio Trust recognized the need to
review and update this plan in accordance with the goals and objectives
set forth in its enabling legislation, the Presidio Trust Act.
Beginning in July 2000, the Presidio Trust embarked on a planning process
that seeks to determine what elements of the 1994 GMP should remain the
same and what provisions need to be amended. The Presidio Trust initiated
several public scoping meetings to evaluate the goals of the GMP, and
has had separate discussions with NPS, the California SHPO, and ACHP.
As part of the PTIP, the Presidio Trust hopes to develop a fresh vision
statement for the management of the NHL that will include specific planning
principles, goals, and objectives for treating Area B of the Presidio.
Staff contact: Jane
June 6, 2002
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