Commonwealth Heritage Group offers its clients a full range of federal, state, and local regulatory and legal compliance services. With an emphasis on accuracy, our experienced staff guides projects through the requirements of environmental and cultural resources regulations and legal mandates.
Sections 106 and 110 Compliance and State Environmental Review
Commonwealth Heritage Group assists clients in successful navigation of regulatory processes under the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) of 1966 and/or state statutes. Section 106 of the NHPA requires federal agencies to take into account the effects of their undertakings on historic properties through consultation with agency officials, the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, State Historic Preservation Officers, Tribal Historic Preservation Officers, and other interested parties. Many states mirror this process for projects with state funds or assistance. Section 110 of the NHPA requires federal agencies to establish their own historic preservation programs for the identification, evaluation, and protection of historic properties. We provide highly trained staff members who can lead our clients through the compliance process and support the process through historic resource identification surveys, significance and integrity evaluations, assessments of effects on historic properties, development of advanced agreement documents, and mitigation services.
Department of Transportation Section 4(f) Documentation
Transportation projects often require thorough cultural resources documentation, including analysis of alternatives, impact assessments, and mitigation measures. Commonwealth Heritage Group routinely offers specialized services to meet the needs of transportation projects requiring Section 4(f) documentation.
Environmental Assessments and Environmental Impact Statements
Many cultural resources projects are only one aspect of much larger, more complex projects. These larger projects require equally complex environmental documents, of which cultural resources are a part. Commonwealth Heritage Group’s project managers and specialists successfully work with project teams to produce documents critical to environmental assessments and environmental impact statements mandated by the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).
Public Meeting Participation
Commonwealth Heritage Group offers its clients customized public presentations for use in Section 106 and NEPA-required public meetings. Presentations are designed to assist planning efforts by clearly communicating project effects to historic properties, gaining public cooperation, and eliciting valuable comments.
Native American Consultation
Cultural resources projects sometimes require trained and experienced anthropologists to consult with Native American groups to design cultural resources projects that are sensitive to Native American concerns. With recent legislation, Native American consultation has become an increasingly important component of many Commonwealth Heritage Group projects. Not all projects require Native American consultation; however, Commonwealth Heritage Group offers this service and can determine when it is legally necessary.
Our administrative, technical, and support teams fully understand the importance of early planning in successful project performance. As a matter of routine, Commonwealth Heritage Group staff designs and implements projects in consultation with State Historic Preservation Offices and other review agencies to ensure expedient project clearance.
Clients are often required to document how they will mitigate or avoid project impacts or manage cultural resources under their stewardship. Our document specialists are experienced in all facets of preparing agreement documents, including consulting with review agencies and authoring highly specialized documents such as memorandums of agreement, programmatic agreements, and cultural resources management plans.