Michigan Young Preservationists
People Passionate about Places in Michigan
Do you love your community? Enjoy history? Maybe you have an interest in architecture? The Michigan Young Preservationists (MY Preservation, a committee of Michigan Historic Preservation Network), are looking to connect with you! We are planning our upcoming events and want to learn more about what YOU want to do! Fill out this quick survey and give us your valuable input.
Michigan State Historic Preservation Office to hold a Series of Workshops for the 5-Year Statewide Preservation Plan
The Michigan State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) is holding a series of facilitated regional workshops across that state in Bay City (April 23), Grand Rapids (April 30), Detroit (May 21), Traverse City (June 11) and Escanaba (June 12). They are free and open to the public. The purpose is to obtain public input, develop historic preservation goals, and identify threats and opportunities for Michigan’s historic resources. The workshops are being held in preparation of Michigan’s next 5-year historic preservation plan, which will be completed by November 2019.
Regional Workshop Locations
All meetings are from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM. The workshops will be facilitated by Peter Dams of Dams & Associates of Plainwell. They are free and open to the public, but we ask that you register in advance at www.michigan.gov/shpo. Refreshments will be provided.
APRIL 23 – BAY CITY
City Hall, Room 317
APRIL 30 – GRAND RAPIDS
Kendall College of Art and Design (KCAD) of Ferris State University
Old Federal Building, (Woodbridge N. Ferris Building), Room 217
17 Pearl Street, NW
MAY 21 – DETROIT
Wayne County Community College – Northwest Campus
Larry K. Lewis Education Center – Media Lab, 8200 West Outer Drive
Parking is free behind the building
JUNE 11 – TRAVERSE CITY
Traverse City Area District Library, McGuire Room
610 Woodmere Avenue
JUNE 12 – ESCANABA
Catherine Bonifas Civic Center, Main Room
225 21st Street N
Proposed Rule Change on Regulations Impacts National Register Nominations
Your Advocacy Needed!
The National Park Service is seeking public comment on proposed revisions to National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) regulations that would have a substantial impact on how properties are listed on the National Register of Historic Places, which will impact property owners and communities who seek to raise awareness of their important places. The period for public comments closes April 30, 2019. According to the National Park Service:
“The intent of the proposed rule is to bring regulations current with amendments to the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA), signed into law in 2016, and to emphasize the rights of private property owners with the overall intent to streamline processes for the nomination of properties in the National Register by federal agencies.”
After reviewing the proposed rule changes, the Michigan Historic Preservation Network is extremely concerned by the impact these changes would have on National Register nominations. While the stated intent is to bring regulations current with amendments to the NHPA from the National Park Service Centennial Act, signed into law in 2016, several of the proposed rule changes clearly go far beyond the intention of the Centennial Act amendments and the NHPA.
The NHPA requires that each Federal agency locate, inventory, and nominate all of their properties that appear to qualify for the National Register. The proposed rule undermines that requirement by effectively giving Federal agencies unilateral control in determining if a historic resource on Federal land can be listed on the National Register of Historic Places. While not explicitly stating that a Federal agency can block a National Register nomination, it allows a federal agency to leave a nomination in what amounts to a regulatory purgatory, effectively killing a nomination.
Additionally, the proposed rule changes the requirement that a property shall not be listed on the National Register over the objections of a “majority of property owners” to include both a “majority of property owners” and the “owners of a majority of the land area of the property.” Nowhere does the NHPA refer to land owners or land area in regards to determination, nor does the Secretary of the Department of the Interior have authority to make such a change. Furthermore, placing the responsibility on State Historic Preservation Officers to make these determinations could be so burdensome that the listing of historic districts becomes virtually impossible.
The proposed rule undermines the intention of the NHPA and could have a devastating impact on National Register nominations, and on the people and communities who seek that recognition for their places. By April 30, it is critically important that everyone: (1) submits comments, and