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City Seeks Public Input on Historic Preservation Agreement

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The City of Covington is seeking public input as part of the process to develop a Programmatic Agreement between the City, the Kentucky State Historic Preservation Officer (SHPO), and the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) for the administration of the City’s Community Development Programs.

The City administers Community Development programs with funds from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). In 2012, a Programmatic Agreement between the City, the Kentucky SHPO, and the ACHP for the administration of the City’s Community Development Programs was executed. This agreement stipulated the requirements for the City to satisfy its responsibilities under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act for all individual undertakings and programs. This Programmatic Agreement terminated on June 30, 2015. Throughout the period it was in effect, it served as an efficient and effective means for City staff to administer its Community Development Programs, and ensure that no significant historic resources were adversely impacted by the federally funded programs.

Since the previously successful Programmatic Agreement has terminated, it is the intention of the City to develop a new Programmatic Agreement which will be largely based on the 2012 agreement. Additionally, the Programmatic Agreement will include stipulations which better address the administration of the agreement after staff turnover at the City.

A draft of the proposed Programmatic Agreement may be obtained by contacting Emily S. Ahouse, Preservation and Planning Specialist, at (859) 292-2171 or at the following address:

City of Covington
20 West Pike Street
Covington, Kentucky  41011

Any interested person, agency, or group wishing to comment on the project may submit written comments for consideration to the City at the above listed address by 5:00 p.m. on August 31, 2015.