Byways 101

Part 4: Planning, Action & Nomination

Finding Experts

Finding Experts To Help You Prepare Your Corridor Management Plan

If developing and writing a corridor management plan exceeds the time or skill capacity of your byway organization, consider obtaining professional assistance. Some of the best corridor management plans are the product of a close working relationship between members of a community and professional experts or consultants. The community members establish the vision and set goals for the scenic byway, while professionals contribute technical expertise and practicality.

Community members of the planning group should include a network of diverse individuals and organizations interested in the creation of the scenic byway. Finding the experts who have technical knowledge will vary for each byway. For some byways with an uncomplicated route, local officials and community members may have all the technical expertise you need. For others, the professionals may include technical staff from agencies that manage the road or the land along it, or consultants contracted to develop the plan.

Besides local citizens, preparers of your final document could include some or all of the following:

  • Local, State, or Indian tribe transportation agencies
  • Federal land management agencies: National Park Service, U.S.D.A. Forest Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Indian Affairs
  • State or Indian tribe natural resource, parks and conservation agencies
  • Economic development and planning agencies
  • Commissioners or other elected officials
  • Civic organizations
  • Local, State or Indian tribe historic preservation agencies or groups
  • State, Indian tribe, or regional tourism agencies
  • Consulting planners, landscape architects, transportation planners, economic consultants, recreation specialists, scenic and historic preservation planners, archaeologists, tourism professionals
  • Planners, transportation engineers and other staff
  • College faculty members and students, including graduate students that may be looking for “capstone” projects
  • Volunteers with related expertise