Sections 106 and 110 Compliance and State Environmental Review
Commonwealth assists clients in successfully navigating the regulatory processes under the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) of 1966 and/or state statutes. Section 106 of the NHPA requires federal agencies consider 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 detailed heritage management and documentation, including analysis of alternatives, impact assessments, and mitigation measures. At Commonwealth, we routinely offer 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’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 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
Heritage management sometimes requires trained and experienced anthropologists to assist with consultation with Native American groups for project concerns. With recent legislation, Native American consultation has become an increasingly important component of our projects. Not all projects require Native American consultation; however, Commonwealth does offer assistance with consultation and can determine when it is legally necessary.
Commonwealth’s administrative, technical and support teams fully understand the importance of early planning in successful project development. As a matter of routine, Commonwealth staff designs and implements projects in consultation with State Historic Preservation Offices and other review agencies to assist with expedient project clearance.
Clients are often required to document how they will mitigate, 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. These include memoranda of agreement, programmatic agreements, and cultural resources management plans.