The heart of the HPO program is centered around the Review
and Compliance section. This section ensures that developers
comply with the necessary steps to meeting historic preservation
requirements in order to obtain an HPO clearance. This clearance
further allows the developer to obtain a Division of Environmental
Quality Earthmoving permit or a Coastal Resource Management
or developers are required to visit the Division of Historic
Preservation and fill out an “Application for Historic
Preservation Review” form and turn in all needed construction
plans and location maps. The HPO staff will then establish
a time to inspect the project site. A reconnaissance survey
is usually performed, as HPO trained technicians survey
on foot to try to identify and locate any historic or archaeological
sites within the project area. The result of the inspection
will then be compiled into a survey summary form and packaged
for the review of the staff archaeologist. Once all documents
are complete and certified, a clearance will be transmitted
to DEQ or CRM.
Site sensitivity is a huge factor in performing review
and compliance activities. Certain areas, such as coastal
zones, are more prevalent with pre-latte and latte associations.
For this reason, monitoring conditions are stipulated in
the clearance, thus equating the need for HPO personnel
to be present before the commencement of any earthmoving
activities. This action allows needed documentation to occur
for purposes of archaeological reporting and site profiling.
To view statistical data for annual compliance review
projects, click on the following link.