Byways 101

Part 3: Public & Community Involvement

Reaching Out To The Community

To ensure success, look for ways to bring the public and other interested parties into the process of planning for and developing the byway. Seek opportunities to involve property owners, government officials, Indian tribes, business people, special interest groups and citizens when doing an inventory, creating a story and evaluating your byway. All of these groups need to be involved.

To begin recruiting participants, think broadly about who may have an interest in the byway. Byway planning is an excellent opportunity to open new dialogues and improve communication between individuals and organizations with a common, but perhaps under-appreciated, interest in the road.

Use questions such as these to help you identify important participants:

  • Who will see potential opportunities in the designation of the byway?
  • Who may see potential threats from the creation of the byway?
  • Who owns and manages the road?
  • Who owns and manages the land within the corridor?
  • Who might be responsible for promoting the byway?
  • Who uses the road or the adjacent lands?
  • What communities depend on or have interests in the road?
  • Which Indian tribes are represented locally? Which Indian tribes have a historic or cultural interest in your byway region?

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