Byways 101

Part 4: Planning, Action & Nomination

Learning Objective #3: The 14 Points A CMP Should Include

Recall the 14 points that need be addressed in a corridor management plan.

What Is A CMP?

In Part 2 of Byways 101, you learned about how to inventory and assess the intrinsic qualities and resources along your route. In Part 3 of Byways 101, you learned about the importance of working together to establish a vision, mission, goals and objectives for the byway, based on community interests, concerns and values. Now you will be able to apply this information into a strategic working document—your corridor management plan.

A Grassroots-Driven Document
A corridor management plan is a grassroots-driven document that provides a byway group with a roadmap for action. It addresses issues as diverse as tourism development, roadway safety, highway signs, or the preservation of historic or natural features. It is a requirement of national designation.

A corridor management plan should:

  • Be developed with community involvement.
  • Provide the vision for the byway and the surrounding area as formed collectively by communities along the byway.
  • Provide an inventory of the characteristics, features and resources associated with the byway’s intrinsic qualities
  • Document the regional or national significance of the byway’s intrinsic qualities.
  • Summarize how the intrinsic qualities will be interpreted to engage the interest and imagination of visitors
  • Establish the goals, objectives and strategies for promoting the byway, enhancing and preserving the intrinsic qualities, and ensuring the continuity of the visitor’s experience.
  • Provide for the conservation and enhancement of the byway’s intrinsic qualities as well as the promotion of tourism and other economic development
  • Outline an effective management strategy to balance these concerns while providing for the users’ enjoyment of the byway.

A CMP Answers Questions
In general, a corridor management plan should answer the following five basic questions:
1. What are the byway’s current conditions?
2. What are the goals for the byway?
3. What concrete objectives and strategies will move you toward achieving those goals?
4. Who will be responsible for carrying out the strategies and objectives?
5. When will each of the strategies and objectives be implemented?

What a Corridor Management Plan is NOT
Development of a corridor management plan is often a byway volunteer’s first exposure to transportation planning. To avoid misunderstandings about the purpose and content of a corridor management plan, clarify what a corridor management plan is not:

  • It is not a top-down land use regulation plan.
  • It is not a FHWA plan or document.
  • It is not a plan that restricts private property rights.
  • It is not a plan that mandates regulations for viewsheds.
  • It is not a plan that allows the State or Federal government to regulate land use outside the roadway right-of-way.
  • It is not a plan to supersede State or local land use and transportation plans and requirements.
  • It is not a list of mandated new taxes.

The corridor management plan should complement other local and regional plans. Byway leaders should look to local land use and transportation plans and initiatives as means for helping achieve the goals and objectives for the byway.