Since 1976, LSA Associates, Inc. has provided Cultural Resources guidance for federal, State, and local agencies where compliance with CEQA, NEPA, and Section 106 of the NHPA are concerned. LSA’s extensive expertise and experience allow us to identify project issues early in the planning and design process where we can offer cost-effective solutions in support of compliance requirements.
LSA’s architectural historians conduct, manage, and complete all types of projects — from small-scale local development work to multi-jurisdictional, multi-million dollar efforts. LSA’s architectural historians specialize in large and small-scale historic resources surveys and evaluations; archival research; preparation of California State Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) forms; Historic American Building Survey (HABS)/Historic American Engineering Record (HAER) documentation and architectural photography; the preparation of historic contexts; local ordinance development; historic structures reports; Historical Resources Evaluation Reports (Caltrans); Findings of Effect; and national, California, and local register nominations.
LSA’s archaeologists conduct intensive- and reconnaissance-level surveys, evaluations of individual sites and archaeological districts, and treatment of project effects on significant cultural resources (i.e., eligible for the National Register of Historic Places and/or the California Register of Historical Resources). They complete records searches and archival research; develop historic contexts; evaluate resources for significance in accordance with federal, State, and local criteria for designation; design and implement treatment plans and agreement documents; and prepare standardized DPR forms. They also conduct Native American consultation on behalf of federal, State, and local agencies as part of the environmental process, including Senate Bill 18 (Burton).
The LSA staff also includes cultural resources planners who specialize in historic preservation planning on the federal, State, and local level to ensure that projects comply with zoning ordinances, regional plans, other important land use regulations, and the requirements of local conservation districts and General Plan Preservation Elements.