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Steps in the SHPO Review Process for Local Projects

SHPO Review Process for Local Projects | Wisconsin Historical Society

There are eight steps in the State Historic Preservation Review process for local projects.

1. Determine Statutory Action
2. Historic Eligibility or Listing
3. Will the Action Affect the Property?
4. Request for SHPO Review
5. SHPO Review
6. Response from SHPO
7. Negotiation
8. Project Moves Forward

  1. Determine Statutory Action

    A local unit of government (LUG) determines whether it has a statutory action. Criteria for determining a statutory action include:

    • Transfer ownership of or lease to another party the local unit of government’s own property
    • Preservation, rehabilitation, construction, maintenance projects on local unit of government’s property
    • Demolition of local unit of government’s property
    • In the earliest stages of planning a long range plan for facility development on any property
  2. Historic Eligibility or Listing

    The local unit of government determines whether the property affected by the action is listed in the State or National Register of Historic Places.

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  3. Will the Action Affect the Property?

    The local unit of government must determine whether its action will affect the listed property.

  4. Request for SHPO Review

    If the local unit of government determines that there may be an effect, then it must submit materials describing the action, the listed property and the effect to the State Historic Preservation Officer.

  5. SHPO Review

    Upon receipt of the local unit of government’s submittal, the State Historic Preservation Officer must review the proposal to determine whether there may be an adverse effect to the listed property as a result of carrying out the proposed action.

  6. Response from SHPO

    The State Historic Preservation Officer must respond to the local unit of government with its determination: either there is an adverse effect or there is not. The State Historic Preservation Officer may require negotiation to address an adverse effect in an effort to avoid, minimize or mitigate that adverse effect.

  7. Negotiation (If Required)

    If necessary, the local unit of government and the State Historic Preservation Officer will negotiate an outcome to avoid, minimize or mitigate the adverse effect to the listed property. The outcome of the negotiation will be incorporated into the project proposal.

  8. Project Moves Forward

    The project moves forward.

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