- What is it?
The Army Alternate Procedures (AAP) is a streamlined procedure Army installations can elect to follow to satisfy the requirements of Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) set forth in 36 CFR Part 800. The AAP approaches the installation's management of historic properties programmatically, instead of on a project-by-project review as prescribed by the regulations of the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP). The AAP allows installations to implement standard operating procedures for historic properties in their Integrated Cultural Resource Management Plans (ICRMPs) and to implement actions for five years without formal project-by-project review.
- What has the Army done?
A number of installations have received certification of their Historical Properties Component (HPC) plans from the ACHP and can now operate under the standard operating procedures that they developed in consultation with their stakeholders, without project-by-project consultation with the stakeholders.
Steps to implement the AAP are as follows:
1. Garrison Commander makes determination and documents decision to use the AAP;
2. HPC plan developed in consultation with stakeholders;
3. HPC undergoes internal Army review;
4. HPC reviewed by consulting parties and public;
5. CHP reviews HPC and certifies the plan; and
6. Certified HPC plan is implemented by installation for 5 years.
- What does the Army have planned?
The AAP approaches the installation’s management of historic properties programmatically, instead of on a project-by-project basis, saving both time and money. The Army will continue to use the AAP process to allow for more flexibility, seamless project execution, significant cost avoidance and internal resolution of adverse effects.
- Why is this important?
The AAP provides better management of the Army’s historic properties through a planning approach to compliance, a closer integration with the military mission, and by encouraging new and innovative means for stakeholder involvement.
- Read more about it:
Step-by-Step Guide to Implementing the Army Alternate Procedures to Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act
Questions and Answers - Army Alternative Procedures to Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act
Questions and Answers - State Historic Preservation Office Role in National Historic Preservation Act, Section 106 Compliance
An AAP Installation Assistance Packet to guide and assist those installations implementing the AAP is available but the distribution is restricted to DOD agencies only. Please use the Ask AEC form to request a copy.