Recommendation 3: Establish a Reasonable Process for Re-Designation
- Adopt a re-designation process as a pro-active alternative to de-designation.
- Establish reasonable benchmarks and incentives for re-designation.
- Establish re-designation as primarily a Program responsibility and de-designation as primarily a State and Indian-tribe responsibility.
Why do it:
The prospect and action of re-designation will keep all byways thinking about maintaining their status, demonstrating value to the traveler and the collection, and showing quality progress in facilities, promotion and protection. The absence of such a process as re-designation provides little incentive for byways to maintain their status or move forward. While this is not a widespread problem, it is likely to be an issue for some byways at any given time. Further, unlike de-designation—a penalty process (and one not likely to be initiated except in extreme cases)—re-designation is a pro-active process asking byways to showcase their accomplishments.
How to do it:
- Tie re-designation to periodic corridor management plan updates. Through this process re-designation is not based on the evaluation by a person or committee regarding the worthiness of a given corridor to maintain its status (such as de-designation), but rather on the byway group exhibiting the energy, initiative, and pride to showcase its successes and to examine and articulate its efforts and plans for future accomplishments. While it is not politically feasible or conceptually straightforward for any committee or person to make the decision on whether a byway has not followed through on protecting intrinsic qualities, or otherwise adhered to the values of the Program, it is feasible to rely on the grassroots nature of this Program to ask the question, "Are you, as a local group, still interested in managing your corridor as a byway?" Preparation of a corridor management plan update is a clear "yes". Ignoring the corridor management plan update or being unable or unwilling to perform the requirement would be a clear "no" under most circumstances. In most instances, failure to update the corridor management plan would result in de-designation—an act brought on by inactivity, rather than decree.
- Develop a guidebook for updating corridor management plans. Based on the above discussion, the Program should prepare a concise document that describes a reasonable plan update process. The 14 elements must be addressed and updated, but this does not mean that an entirely new document must be written. See Corridor Management Plan Update Memo below for a discussion on this topic.
- Add the re-designation provision to next reauthorization of the NSBP.
- Add the re-designation provision when Interim Policy is finalized.
Corridor Management Plan Update Memo
As a part of its pursuit to enhance the quality the America's Byways® collection, the National Scenic Byways Program will require that all corridor management plans be updated once every ten years. In order to ensure that the collection is comprised of both quality roads and active byway groups, the preparation of this corridor management plan update will be required in order to maintain designation status. Failure to prepare an updated plan will result in de-designation. Any byways that fail to update their plans will be de-designated and will be able to pursue re-designation through the established byway nomination and designation process used for all newly designated byways.
In recognition of the effort required to prepare a corridor management plan, the following minimum standards have been developed. These standards acknowledge that the update process should focus on the following issues:
- Verify the continued presence and quality of the intrinsic qualities for which the byway was originally designated. An extensive set of digital photographs, aerial photography, and/or video should be submitted.
- Categorize and discuss the byway's intrinsic qualities within the framework of Land and People. Use the COREs approach to characterize the byway's intrinsic themes.
- Verify that conditions regarding road safety are still reasonable and that the road is still safe for visitors.
- Demonstrate that the byway offers a quality experience for the visitor.
- Verify that the community continues to support the byway designation.
- Review the work performed since the original plan was prepared.
- Identify the major challenges that the byway has faced since the original plan was prepared.
- Prepare a plan of action for the byway's next ten years. Describe how existing challenges will be overcome or addressed, and how the byway organization will increase its stability and sustainability.