Byways 101

Part 4: Planning, Action & Nomination

Learning Objective #1: Begin With State, Federal Or Indian Tribe Byway Coordinators

Recognize why communication with your State, Federal or Indian Tribe byway coordinator is important during your byway planning process.

Designation Considerations

Throughout Byways 101, you have read about the important aspects of sustainable byways and of involving community members and stakeholders in each step of your byway planning process. If your byway coalition has come to the point of deciding whether or not to pursue nomination as one of America’s Byways, then now is a good time to consider and discuss the following questions before you proceed with final steps towards preparing your nomination package.

  • Have you completed a corridor management plan (CMP) that addresses all components identified in the National Scenic Byways Program Interim Policy? Has your CMP been adopted?
  • Have you determined whether you will seek designation as a National Scenic Byway or as an All-American Road, and do you understand how that relates to the selection of your byway’s intrinsic qualities?
  • Do you understand the basics of the National Scenic Byways Program and the benefits of designation?
  • Does the byway concept have community involvement and support?
  • Does the byway concept have community opposition or concerns?
  • Have you spoken with your State, Indian tribe, or Federal lands Scenic Byway Coordinator?
  • Will the development, management, promotion and sustainability of the byway address important local needs?
  • Do communities along your route welcome increased tourism and marketing exposure?
  • What byway stories will you use to support the visitor experience and how is it linked to your byway’s intrinsic qualities?
  • Have you considered that "every byway has a tribal story"?
  • Do you have a team of committed citizens and stakeholders ready to work together? If so, have you considered how you may informally or formally organize?
  • Have you contacted your local Indian tribes?
  • Do you understand the responsibility of national designation?
  • Does your byway provide a continuous experience for the byway traveler, or are there gaps or segments that create a fragmented experience?
  • Will a first-time traveler be able to follow the byway route?
  • Is access to the road or its intrinsic qualities seasonal or available year-round?
  • Have you considered several potential funding sources to support your byway initiatives?
  • What are your plans for the byway once you have gained formal designation?

Talk with your State, Indian tribe or Federal lands scenic byway coordinator or a consultant well versed in scenic byway issues as you consider these questions.