WHAT IS A HISTORIC PROPERTY?
This section of the tutorial explains what is considered a “historic property” for the purposes of Section 106 and how the determination is made. This module also discusses the National Register of Historic Places (National Register) and the role of the National Register Criteria for Evaluation in defining a historic property. When you have finished this module, you should have a basic understanding of the following:
- The definition of historic property
- The types of properties that can be considered potentially eligible for the National Register
- The criteria for evaluating whether properties are eligible for the National Register
- The parties and process for making determinations of eligibility
Section 106 requires FHWA to take into account the effects of their actions on properties listed in or eligible for listing in the National Register. The National Register was established by the National Historic Preservation Act as a national listing of properties that have been identified as worthy of preservation. Properties eligible for or already listed in the National Register are considered “historic properties” and are subject to consideration following Section 106 and its implementing regulations. The Section 106 process hinges on establishing whether any properties included in, or eligible for inclusion in, the National Register may be affected by an agency’s undertakings.
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