Byways 101

Part 4: Planning, Action & Nomination

The 14 Points A CMP Should Include

The Interim Policy for the National Scenic Byways Program (Interim Policy, Federal Register, Vol. 60, No. 96, May 18, 1995) states that the corridor management plan for a National Scenic Byway must include 14 items, with an additional three items that must be addressed for byways seeking designation as an All-American Road. Even if you aren’t intending to seek national designation, you may want to consider including these items in your plan.

1. A map identifying the corridor boundaries and the location of intrinsic qualities and different land uses within the corridor.
Tip: On the map of the byway, show the corridor boundaries (length and width), the location of the primary intrinsic qualities, and the principle land uses and zoning classifications within the corridor. U.S. Geological Survey maps are recommended because they are available for the entire nation and provide excellent details of land forms and building locations (see

2. An assessment of such intrinsic qualities and of their context.
Tip: Identify the primary intrinsic qualities along the byway, describe the resources that contribute to these qualities and their context within the surrounding areas, and evaluate which qualities are of local, regional or national significance. There should be at least one substantive paragraph for each intrinsic quality identified.

3. A strategy for maintaining and enhancing those intrinsic qualities. The level of protection for different parts of a National Scenic Byway or All-American Road can vary, with the highest level of protection afforded those parts that most reflect their intrinsic values. All nationally recognized scenic byways should, however, be maintained with particularly high standards, not only for travelers’ safety and comfort, but also for preserving the highest levels of visual integrity and attractiveness.
Tip: Describe how the intrinsic qualities will be managed and identify the tools that are currently in place or will be used to do this (for example, zoning, overlay districts and easements).

4. A schedule and list of all agency, group and individual responsibilities in the implementation of the corridor management plan, and a description of enforcement and review mechanisms, including a schedule for the continuing review of how well those responsibilities are being met.
Tip: Create a list of responsibilities (specific and general) of all agencies, groups and individuals who are part of the team that will carry out the plan.

5. A strategy describing how existing development might be enhanced and new development might be accommodated while still preserving the intrinsic qualities of the corridor. This can be done through design review, and such land-management techniques as zoning, easements and economic incentives.
Tip: Identify what agencies or organizations will assist the byway with addressing these issues, and discuss methods and plans for implementation.

6. A plan to assure ongoing public participation in the implementation of corridor management objectives.
Tip: Discuss methods for how the public will participate (for example, public meetings, citizen representation on committees and public task groups to assist implementing CMP objectives).

7. A general review of the road’s or highway’s safety and accident record to identify any correctable faults in highway design, maintenance or operation.
Tip: Work with the transportation experts that manage your road to obtain safety and accident records, and help locate hazards and poor design that may be problems for drivers who are not familiar with the route. Identify the possible corrections.

8. A plan to accommodate commerce while maintaining a safe and efficient level of highway service, including convenient user facilities.
Tip: Describe how commercial traffic and access to businesses along the route (including services for the traveler) will be accommodated while ensuring the safety of sightseers in recreational vehicles, as well as bicyclists and pedestrians.

9. A demonstration that intrusions on the visitor experience have been minimized to the extent feasible, and a plan for making improvements to enhance that experience.
Tip: Think about what will add or detract from the visitor’s experience while traveling your road. List and discuss the things that intrude on the visitor experience and identify the plans for minimizing those intrusions and making improvements.

10. A demonstration of compliance with all existing local, State and Federal laws on the control of outdoor advertising.
Tip: In paragraph format, demonstrate that all existing local, State and Federal laws on the control of outdoor advertising are being met.

11. A signage plan that demonstrates how the State will ensure and make the number and placement of signs more supportive of the visitor experience.
Tip: Describe how the number and placement of highway and wayfinding signs will support the visitor experience and help tourists find their way to, from and along the byway while not obscuring or detracting from scenery. This includes, where appropriate, signs for international tourists who may not speak English fluently.

12. A narrative describing how the National Scenic Byway will be positioned for marketing.
Tip: Describe how the byway will be marketed and publicized, what actions are in place and what is planned.

13. A discussion of design standards relating to any proposed modification of the roadway. This discussion should include an evaluation of how the proposed changes may affect the byway corridor’s intrinsic qualities.
Tip: Discuss design standards concerning any proposed modifications to the roadway (e.g., shoulder improvements, road widening, curve straightening). Evaluate the likely effects of the proposed changes on the intrinsic qualities of the byway corridor. Discuss how the shape of the corridor was determined by identifying why the endpoints were chosen and why the width is the same or variable along the length, and were the affected intrinsic qualities are located within that corridor.

14. A description of plans to interpret the significant resources of the scenic byway.
Tip: Describe methods that are in place, or are planned, to interpret the significant resources of the scenic byway to visitors (for example, museums, festivals, interpretive markers, and kiosks).