The Region 3 Office of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is developing a Programmatic Agreement (PA) that will apply to Section 106 review of projects in
Pennsylvania that are subject to Part 50 and Part 58 of HUD’s environmental regulations (24 CFR Parts 50 and 58). The PA will cover review of HUD-assisted projects in Multifamily Housing, Healthcare, CDBG, Disaster Recovery, HOME, Public Housing and more. The purpose of the PA is to improve the efficiency of Section 106 review of HUD projects while fostering the protection of historic properties that might be affected by the projects.
We would like to invite interested parties and the public to consult in the development of the PA. As a starting point, attached here.
is a first draft which will be modified during the consultation process. There will be a Consultation Meeting to explain the PA, answer questions, and take comments on:
Date: Wednesday, June 8, 2022
Time: 10:00 AM
Meeting Registration Weblink: June 8 Meeting Registration
NOTE: You must register through the above link to receive the meeting invite and Microsoft Teams link to the June 8 remote meeting
The PA will cover projects that involve mortgage insurance (financing and refinancing) for multifamily housing projects and healthcare facilities, capital funds for public housing, and grants for housing construction and rehabilitation, disaster recovery activities, and community and economic development. The PA exempts from Section 106 review a list of types of activities that do not cause effects to historic resources, like refinancing of existing buildings without any rehabilitation, replacement of heating systems, bathroom and kitchen remodeling, and repair of roofs and windows. (See Stipulation 1.) Projects that include activities other than those types of exempted activities, like substantial rehabilitation and new construction, will still undergo a complete Section 106 review, including consultation with SHPO, tribes and other consulting parties.
The streamlined process outlined in the PA will apply to HUD offices and Responsible Entities (units of state and general local government and tribes) that conduct Section 106 review of HUD projects and that have signed the PA as Signatory Parties.
Written comments and suggestions on the draft PA may be submitted via email or post mail no later than June 30, 2022 to:
Paul J. Lehmann, Regional Environmental Officer
The Strawbridge’s Building
801 East Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
More information on the Section 106 review process is available at https://www.hudexchange.info/environmental-review/historic-preservation/