Last summer, the park solicited public input on the proposed removal. The park received 29 comments to consider. Many suggested that the cabins be moved to a new location and repurposed into "tiny houses" for people in need. The park will determine if the cabins are fit for habitation as required by Title V of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act.
In consultation with the Virginia Department of Historic Resources State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), the park and the SHPO have jointly determined that the removal of the cottages will have an adverse effect on the Skyline Drive National Historic Landmark. As required under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 (NHPA) the park and the SHPO have developed a draft Memorandum of Agreement to mitigate the adverse effect. The agreement describes measures to be taken by the park to document the cottages prior to removal and protect any unknown archaeological resources during the removal process.
* indicates the current step in the planning process
Step 1. Public review of proposed action
Step 2. Analysis of public comment
Step 3. Complete consultation with Advisory Council for Historic Preservation, affected tribes, and State Historic Preservation Office
Step 4. Finalize Memorandum of Agreement with the State Historic Preservation Office
Step 5. Release final plan/decision document to the public *
Thank you for commenting on this proposed action. The Virginia Department of Historic Resources (DHR) and the park have entered into an agreement to document the buildings and their importance to the park. The final agreement is available under documents.
The National Park Service proposes to remove five historic buildings in the Big Meadows area, and we welcome any comments you may have about the project and its effects to historic properties and the human environment as part of scoping for the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) and the National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA).