The following resources provide strategies for handling infrastructure Section 106 reviews specific to federal agencies or project types. They include Section 106 program alternatives that tailor the requirements of the regulations for particular situations.

Additional resources for infrastructure project reviews

The ACHP serves as a source of technical assistance for federal historic preservation reviews. The ACHP is available to advise federal agencies on new developments and innovative approaches available in addressing Section 106 compliance.  Federal agencies have also developed their own resources tailored to the types of projects they carry out or assist. The links below highlight agency- or project type-specific strategies and guidance.

Program Alternatives

Program Alternatives available in the ACHP’s regulations (36 CFR 800.14) are being used effectively for several types of infrastructure projects already. The following list includes those executed or issued on a nationwide basis. Statewide or regional Programmatic Agreements may also cover certain infrastructure projects.

Communications Initiatives

On May 5, 2017, the ACHP issued a Program Comment for Communications Projects on Federal Lands and Property to assist federal land and property managing agencies in permitting and approving the placement of communications infrastructure more efficiently. The new Program Comment complements several measures the ACHP has taken in recent years to make Section 106 reviews for wireless and broadband deployment consistent and timely. These program alternatives include:

Communications undertakings that involve federal land or property managing agencies are not covered by FCC’s Nationwide Programmatic Agreements [NPAs]. Therefore, licensees and applicants must consult directly with the federal land or property managing agency to obtain a special use permit or other approval to construct wireless communication projects. The new Program Comment bridges the gap between procedures in the two FCC NPAs and undertakings on federal property to create a consistent approach for all broadband infrastructure. For more information, see the announcement in the Federal Register.