Emergency Procedures for Federal Undertakings Extended to March

On April 3, 2020, the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation issued a blanket extension regarding the review under 36 CFR 800.12 of undertakings responding to COVID-19 emergency and disaster declarations. Three extensions were issued, the third of which was set to expire on December 31, 2020.

ACHP Chairman Tours Upcoming National World War I Memorial

Advisory Council on Historic Preservation Chairman Aimee Jorjani today toured the site of what will be the National World War I Memorial in Washington, D.C. Located in Pershing Park one block from the White House, the memorial is expected to open to the public in April 2021. Of the four major wars of the 20th century, World War I is the last to have a national memorial in the nation’s capital.

FHWA Statewide PA for Federal Aid Highway Program in South Dakota

Programmatic Agreement Among the Federal Highway Administration, the South Dakota State Historic Preservation Officer, the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, and the South Dakota Department of Transportation Regarding the Federal Aid Highway Program in South Dakota.

FHWA and USACE PA for Transportation Program in Georgia

Programmatic Agreement Among the Federal Highway Administration; U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Savannah District; Georgia State Historic Preservation Officer; the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation; Participating Tribes; and the Georgia Department of Transportation Regarding the Section 106 Process for the Transportation Program in Georgia.

Program Comments

36 CFR § 800.14(e)  

This program alternative allows a federal agency to request the ACHP comment on a category of undertakings in lieu of commenting on a case-by-case basis. The ACHP may also provide comments on its own initiative. Program comments are especially advantageous to agencies that may have repetitive management actions for a large inventory of similar historic properties or for agencies that have programs that generate a large number of similar undertakings.

Standard Treatments

36 CFR § 800.14(d)

Standard treatments are a program alternative that allows the ACHP to establish standardized practices for dealing with certain categories of undertakings, effects, historic properties, or treatment options. They are intended to establish best practices which encourage excellence through the application of widely accepted historic preservation practices. Federal agencies can increase the efficiency of their Section 106 reviews for undertakings that incorporate these standard treatments into project planning and design.

Exempted Categories

36 CFR § 800.14(c)  

Although rarely sought, a federal agency may seek relief from Section 106 review for a specific category of undertakings because the effects to historic properties are known and not significant. This program alternative allows agencies to propose a program or category of agency undertaking that is exempt from further review under Section 106.  The ACHP may also propose an exemption on its own initiative.

Prototype Programmatic Agreements

36 CFR § 800.14(b)(4)

The ACHP can designate an agreement document as a prototype that can be used for the same type of program or undertaking in more than one program or area. When a federal agency uses a prototype programmatic agreement, the agency may develop and execute the agreement with the appropriate SHPO/THPO without the need for the ACHP's participation in consultation or ACHP signature. 

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