The following guidelines are intended to define a minimum level of information required to effectively review the effects of land development on cultural and historic properties.
Submittals to THPO for Section 106 consultation shall include, but not be limited to, the following:
A clear and concise description of the proposed project that includes information concerning the size and configuration of the proposed development, the type and extent of any expected ground-disturbing activities, the location (street address if available), the section/township/range in rural or unincorporated locations, and any other available information that will aid in determining the probability of impacts to cultural and historic properties.
A copy of the most current plans for the proposed project.
Map(s) that clearly identify the location of the proposed development. A copy of a 7.5′ USGS map is required for projects in rural areas. The map must identify the project Area of Potential Effect (APE). The APE is defined as the geographic area within which a project may cause changes in the character or use of cultural and historic properties, if any such properties exist. In addition to effects resulting from direct physical alteration, the APE must take into consideration indirect effects resulting from the introduction of visual, audible, or atmospheric elements to a historic resource’s setting. Clearly, variables such as topography, view sheds, vegetation, and contemporary land use and development in the project vicinity should play a role in determining the size, shape and extent of the APE.
If applicable, submit the results of research into the presence of cultural/historic resources in the APE. It is advisable to contact the THPO or CR staff to determine the need for and extent of a cultural/historic resource survey.
Sharp, clear color photographs of the proposed development site (color printed digital images are acceptable) that include views of the site from different perspectives. All photos should be clearly labeled and keyed to the map indicating location and direction of the view.
Once assembled, all necessary documentation and information should be submitted to the Cultural Resources Department.
CRD staff has up to 30 days to review and respond although reviews frequently can be completed in less time. Incomplete submittals may require additional time for clarification and/or additional documentation. For SEPA and NEPA project reviews these issues need to be addressed. These guidelines are applicable to reviews under those laws.
If you have questions about these guidelines, please contact us.
Rhonda Foster, Cultural Resource Director, THPO
SE 10 Squaxin Lane, Shelton, WA 98584