Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act requires Federal agencies to take into account the effects of their undertakings on historic properties and provide the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation a reasonable opportunity to comment (36 CFR Part 800). The regulations also require coordination with the public and other consulting parties.
The Project Team has been conducting Section 106 Consultation with the Virginia Department of Historic Resources since 2006 with the VDOT State Environmental Review Process. Public input has been requested during two public informational meetings and the NEPA Public Hearing (November 1, 2007). Following the Public Hearing, the Project Team expanded the consultation process to include other Consulting Parties.
Consulting Parties are individuals or organizations who have a legal or economic relation to the undertaking or who have demonstrated interest in the undertaking's effect on historic properties.
The Consulting Parties Process for this project involves coordination on the Area of Potential Effect (APE), historic properties within the APE, potential historic resource avoidance and minimization alternatives, effects to historic properties and treatment of potential adverse effects. Consulting Parties coordination meetings are being held to review the technical information, answer questions, and receive comments on the Section 106 process.
Four meetings have been held with the Consulting Parties: