Take Legal Action
Sometimes, you’ve got to take it to court.
As a last resort, the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation has supported litigation to protect historic properties. For federal projects, there are 3 laws that may come into play:
- Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act, which applies to “undertakings”
- National Environmental Policy Act, which applies to “major federal actions”
- Section 4(f) of the Department of Transportation Act, which applies to federal or federally-funded transportation projects (including roads, rail, and transit)
In addition, Connecticut has adopted a law, the Connecticut Environmental Policy Act, which protects properties on the National Register from certain actions by private parties and by the State.
For the most part, these laws only apply to properties on or eligible for the National Register of Historic Places.