Public Review Now Open on Draft Program Comment to Exempt Effects of Transportation-Related Undertakings within Rail Rights-of-Way
The ACHP, in coordination with the U.S. Department of Transportation, proposes a draft program comment to exempt effects of transportation-related undertakings within railroad and rail transit rights-of-way. The draft is now available for public review and comment in the Federal Register with comments due by Dec. 8, 2017.
The draft program comment would exempt from Section 106 review certain activities that have the potential to affect historic properties within railroad and rail transit rights-of-way where those effects are likely to be minimal or not adverse. It also includes an optional approach that could streamline the Section 106 review for additional types of transportation-related undertakings involving railroad and rail transit properties, including those that may cause adverse effects. If issued by the ACHP, this program comment would fulfill the requirements of Section 11504 of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act, passed by Congress in 2015.
Comments should be provided to both the ACHP and the DOT via email to FRA.106Exemption@dot.gov and RailROW@achp.gov.
Celebrate Native American Heritage Month
November is Native American Heritage Month. In 1990, President George H. W. Bush approved a joint resolution designating November 1990 “National American Indian Heritage Month.” Similar proclamations have been issued each year since 1994. Read more information.
Following the tradition, on November 1, President Donald Trump issued a proclamation declaring November as Native American Heritage Month. Click here for a copy of the proclamation.
The ACHP is proud that its work to support Tribal and Native Hawaiian historic preservation continues throughout the year. The ACHP was the first and is still the only federal agency to adopt a plan to formally support the U.N. Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. The ACHP has had a tribal policy since 2000. It was the first federal agency to have a Native Hawaiian policy, and it is the only agency to have a policy supporting Tribal Historic Preservation Officers. To learn more about the ACHP’s efforts to support tribal and Native Hawaiian preservation, go to www.achp.gov/nap.
Chairman’s Award Honors Floyd Bennett Field Project
Nov. 8 - ACHP Chairman Milford Wayne Donaldson presented the Chairman’s Award for Achievement in Historic Preservation at a reception Nov. 8 to collaborators who worked on a clean energy project in Brooklyn, New York. The Williams Companies were honored for their work in restoring two airplane hangars at historic Floyd Bennett Field, part of the Gateway National Recreation Area. The National Park Service, New York State Historic Preservation Officer, and Federal Energy Regulatory Commission received partnership commendations for their work in this project. Read the press release here.
President Issues New Infrastructure Executive Order
On Aug. 15, the President issued the Presidential Executive Order on Establishing Discipline and Accountability in the Environmental Review and Permitting Process for Infrastructure, with the goal of increasing the coordination, predictability, and transparency of federal environmental review and the permitting process for infrastructure projects. The EO directs federal agencies to complete their environmental reviews of “major infrastructure projects” within an average of two years, guided by a lead agency that coordinates all required federal environmental reviews to result in “one federal decision.” The ACHP anticipates the EO will sharpen the focus on agency planning and decision-making efforts. Read more here.
ACHP and HUD Announce Winner of Historic Preservation Award
July 21—At the ACHP business meeting today, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the ACHP honored the East Baltimore Historic II project as the recipient of the inaugural ACHP/HUD Secretary’s Award for Excellence in Historic Preservation. ACHP Chairman Milford Wayne Donaldson and HUD Acting Deputy Secretary Janet Golrick presented the award to TRF Development Partners for their renovation of the East Baltimore Historic II community combining historic preservation, community development and affordable housing within a stressed and disinvested housing market. The project transformed an entire neighborhood block, spurring additional rehabilitation activity nearby. Partners receiving the award included TD Bank, BUILD Baltimore and the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development. Read more.
Announcing the ACHP’s Recommendations for the Future of the National Historic Preservation Program
The ACHP is proud to make available its report The National Historic Preservation Program at 50: Priorities and Recommendations for the Future which discusses a variety of issues and offers constructive actions for ensuring success. Read the report here.
Read the Latest Forum Journal Publication on the NHPA 50th Anniversary!
Preservation Leadership Forum invites you to read the latest Forum Journal, Fifty Years of Heritage So Rich: The National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA). In this issue, we seek to represent the breadth the NHPA and the programs it initiated, examining its many accomplishments as well as its unfulfilled potential. The Journal is a benefit for Forum members, but is available for full access for a limited time. The ACHP is pleased to point out an article written by our Director of Preservation Initiatives Ron Anzalone in the Forum Journal.
ACHP Chairman Highlights Benefits of Historic Tax Credit in Letter to Congress
As Congress weighs various proposals for tax reform, ACHP Chairman Milford Wayne Donaldson has asked the House Ways and Means Committee to consider the past success and future potential of the federal historic rehabilitation tax credit. Read his letter here.
Since 1976, more than 41,000 projects throughout the U.S. have benefited from the tax credit, generating $78.3 billion in investment and creating nearly 2.4 million jobs. The credit also pays for itself, with the $23.1 billion cost of the program offset by the $28.1 billion in tax receipts generated by projects receiving the credit.
One tax reform plan under consideration in Congress calls for elimination of most special-interest deductions and credits. In his letter to the chairman and ranking member of the committee, Donaldson noted that the 20 percent historic tax credit does not support a specific industry or locality, but it encourages the renovation of underutilized commercial properties for a wide range of uses in communities throughout the country.
Preserve America Designation for Orange Mound Celebrated in Memphis
Hundreds of advocates, community leaders, schoolchildren, and other members of the public gathered at Mount Pisgah Christian Methodist Episcopal Church in southeast Memphis Dec. 16 to celebrate the designation of Orange Mound as the 905th Preserve America Community.
Orange Mound holds the distinction of being the first subdivision in the U.S. designed specifically for African Americans. Attendees of the designation ceremony were treated to a reenactment of the story of Orange Mound's origins, as well as stirring music and dance performances by local ensembles from the Blues City Cultural Center and Melrose High School. U.S. Representative Steve Cohen and ACHP Member Jordan Tannenbaum also addressed the audience, with the crowd applauding Tannenbaum's acknowledgment of the community's success in 2015 in celebrating its 125th anniversary.
The ceremony closed with Tannenbaum reading the official Preserve America designation letter from First Lady Michelle Obama, and the presentation of a replica of the official designation sign for the community.
Orange Mound was named after the Osage orange shrubs that lined the grounds of the Deadrick Plantation, from which the lands that formed the community were deeded in 1870. The land was purchased by Izey Eugene Meacham, who in turn sold plots to local African Americans.
ACHP Announces Community Revitalization Policy Statement
After years of research and study into the needs of communities across the U.S. who are struggling to revive their economies and historic assets, the ACHP has issued a policy statement aimed at helping to provide ideas and principles for successful community revitalization. Read more about how to help your community.
ACHP Issues Guidance On Using Section 304 of the NHPA to Protect Sensitive Information About Historic Properties
The ACHP has issued a “Frequently Asked Questions” guidance document on protecting sensitive information about historic properties under Section 304 of the National Historic Preservation Act.
Federal agency officials, SHPOs, THPOs, Indian tribes, Native Hawaiian organizations, and other stakeholders in the Section 106 process often ask ACHP staff how sensitive information about historic properties can be protected from public disclosure. This new guidance, available online here: builds upon the successful Section 304 Webinar the ACHP offers about how Section 304 works to protect such information and thereby prevent harm to historic properties. In developing this guidance, the ACHP coordinated closely with the NPS’ Keeper of the National Register of Historic Places program to ensure these FAQs identify the most commonly asked questions and provide helpful guidance to Section 106 practitioners as well as members of the public regarding what information may be withheld from disclosure, under what circumstances, and for what reasons.
New Spanish Version Available for Citizen’s Guide
The ACHP is pleased to offer one of our most popular publications—the Citizen’s Guide to Section 106 Review—now in Spanish. We hope it will be useful for people who are more comfortable reading in Spanish. Feel free to contact the ACHP via our Spanish email address if you have inquiries: email@example.com.
El ACHP se complace en ofrecer una de nuestras publicaciones más populares – la Guía del Ciudadano Sobre la Revisión de Proyectos Conforme a la Sección 106 – ahora en español. Esperamos que sea útil para las personas que les resulta más cómodo leer en español. Si tiene preguntas, no dude en contactar al ACHP, en español, a través de esta dirección de correo electrónico: firstname.lastname@example.org.
ACHP Electronic Section 106 System Now Available to All Federal Agencies
The ACHP is pleased to announce the availability of its voluntary Electronic Section 106 Documentation Submittal System (e106) for use by any federal agency (or officially delegated non-federal entity) when notifying the ACHP of a finding of adverse effect, inviting the ACHP to be a consulting party to resolve adverse effects, or proposing to develop a Programmatic Agreement for complex or multiple undertakings.
The e106 system is designed to improve the efficiency, effectiveness, and transparency of the Section 106 review process by providing federal agencies with an electronic submittal system that serves to expedite a critical step in Section 106 review and encourage complete and accurate submissions that can be shared with others. Read the announcement regarding the availability of this system; view the format form and instructions.
While federal agencies can continue to send hard copy documentation to the ACHP via regular mail, or electronically as a pdf, all agencies are encouraged to utilize e106 in their submissions to the ACHP.
The ACHP's Guidance on Agreement Documents is Now Available!
The ACHP is pleased to announce the availability of its new "Guidance on Agreement Documents" (GAD) now on our Web site at http://www.achp.gov/agreementdocguidance.html. It is best viewed from Google Chrome or Firefox.
Memoranda of Agreement and Programmatic Agreements play a critical role in documenting a federal agency's commitment to carry out and conclude its responsibilities under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA). GAD will assist all consulting parties—federal agencies, states, Indian tribes, Native Hawaiian organizations, applicants, local governments, and other stakeholders–to draft clear, concise, and complete Section 106 MOAs and PAs. Use of this guidance can also help minimize disputes regarding agreed upon measures down the line and save time that is better spent seeking creative and innovative ways to avoid, minimize, or mitigate adverse effects to historic properties. Read more.
ACHP Publishes Measuring Economic Impacts of Historic Preservation
A report by Washington, D.C.-based PlaceEconomics is now available here. Read more about the study and the importance that historic preservation makes in your community.
Brownsville, Texas, uses Preserve America Money to Spark Downtown Development
At one of Texas’s most famous border towns, Brownsville has turned its once vacant and abandoned Downtown into a visitor’s mecca. Using its expansive supply of historic resources that just needed a little boost, the city now has four times the visitorship compared to a decade ago. Preserve America Grant funding of $132,870 helped spark the work to make downtown Brownsville a successful cultural tourist destination. Read more
Economic Impacts of Historic Preservation Study Released
A 2011 study commissioned by the ACHP, with funding assistance from the U.S. Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration, identifies and analyzes methods for measuring the economic impacts of historic preservation. The report focuses on such economic indicators as jobs and household income, property values, heritage tourism, sustainable development, and downtown revitalization, and recommends ways to improve our understanding of how preservation activity supports economic vitality.
Read the full report here.
Read a brief compilation of related facts and figures here.
Preserve America Grants Effectiveness Report Released
The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation has released a report to Congress on the preliminary assessment of the effectiveness of Preserve America Grants over the last four years. Read more.
Updated November 13, 2017