About the Section 106 Review Process in Ohio

 

Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act requires federal agencies to take into account the effects of federally assisted undertakings on historic properties. The Section 106 review process is administered by the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP), in partnership with the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) established in each state. In Ohio, the State Historic Preservation Office is the State Historic Preservation Office of the Ohio History Connection.

The intent of the Section 106 review process is to ensure that there will be an opportunity to consider the possible effects of the project on historic properties before work is authorized to begin. It is a routine part of the planning process for all federally assisted projects any projects that receive federal funding, permits, licenses or approvals. It is important that consideration of historic properties occur in the early stages of a project's development so that preservation concerns can receive thorough consideration as a project is planned. The Section 106 review process is intended to ensure that preservation values are factored into federal agency planning and decision-making.

Federal agencies or their federally delegated authorities are required to provide information about their projects and determine whether they might affect historic properties. Federal agencies must actively consult with specific individuals and organizations with an interest in their projects throughout the Section 106 review process. It is also the responsibility of the federal agency to seek and consider the views of the public in a manner that reflects the nature and complexity of the undertaking and its effects on historic properties. This interactive process of consultation is at the heart of Section 106 review.

The Section 106 regulations at 36 CFR Section 800.11 establish documentation standards for agencies to use in supporting their evaluation of federally assisted projects. It is the responsibility of the federal agency to provide information to the State Historic Preservation Office that (1) identifies historic properties, (2) assesses their eligibility for listing in the National Register of Historic Places, and (3) determines any possible effect that a project might have on listed or eligible properties. The State Historic Preservation Office reviews the information and responds by concurring, commenting, recommending further action, or requesting additional information.

OHPO has created a series of organizational tools so that agencies and applicants for federal assistance can more effectively collect information about their projects in Ohio. Based on the documentation standards found at 36 CFR Section 800.11, the Section 106 Review Project Summary Form provides a standardized format that helps federal agencies organize the information that is necessary to complete the Section 106 review process.

OHPO recommends that agencies use the Section 106 Review Project Summary Form and its supporting documents to submit most routine projects for review.* The form will help streamline the Section 106 review process by improving the overall content of project submissions and reducing the need to request additional information about projects. State agencies seeking comments from the State Historic Preservation Office under Section 149.53 of the Ohio Revised Code may also use this form to provide general project information.

At any time during your project's development, you can contact the State Historic Preservation Office if you have questions about how to use the Project Summary Form or about the Section 106 review process. Agencies that are planning large or complex projects are strongly encouraged to contact the State Historic Preservation Office early in their project planning process, so that we can discuss alternative survey options that could help you meet your responsibilities under 36 CFR Part 800.

All of this information should be submitted to:

Mark Epstein, Department Head
Resource Protection and Review
State Historic Preservation Office
800 E. 17th Avenue
Columbus, OH 43211-2474

If you have questions, you can contact the following Resource Protection and Review staff at (614) 298-2000. Questions about specific projects or general questions about submitting projects for review may also be sent to section106@ohiohistory.org.

Archaeology (Most Agencies)
David Snyder
Kendra Kennedy
Nathan Young

Architecture (Most Agencies)
Lisa Adkins
Amy Kreig
Jonathan Vimr

Transportation Projects (ODOT)
Thomas Grooms
Nancy Campbell

CDBG Projects
William Palmer

*NOTE: Projects that should NOT use the new Form include:

  1. Projects requiring a license from the Federal Communications Commission. For these projects, please submit FCC Forms 620 or 621 in hard copy format. OHPO is not accepting electronic submissions through FCC at this time.
  2. Projects undertaken by the Ohio Department of Transportation / Federal Highway Administration.
  3. Projects covered by existing agreements that include alternative procedures and documentation requirements (i.e. Nationwide Programmatic Agreements or State-level Programmatic Agreements)

If you are unsure whether these exceptions apply to your project, please contact the State Historic Preservation Office at (614) 298-2000.