California Department of Transportation

Welcome to the Highway 1 Big Sur Coast Highway Management Plan

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Planning Process

How is the Big Sur Coast Highway Management Plan being developed?

The Big Sur Coast Highway Management Plan (CHMP) is centered on information-sharing and problem solving among diverse stakeholders who share interest in the outcome of corridor management. The plan itself will outline sustainable management strategies achieved through consensus.

The basis for the plan comes from the National Scenic Byways program . All designated byways must have an adopted Corridor Management Plan to preserve the qualities that make a route eligible for designation.

What are the steps of the CHMP planning process?

The team working to develop the CHMP is going through the following steps as part of the planning process:
  • Identify stakeholders
  • Outline key issues
  • Share information
  • Collect data
  • Perform research
  • Solve problems
  • Develop implementation strategies

What is the structure of the CHMP planning process?

The flow chart below illustrates the basic planning process and is described as follows:

  • A Steering Committee, consisting of 18 stakeholder representatives, guides the overall development of the plan, which includes adopting a Corridor Vision and Goals & Objectives for the CHMP.

  • Corridor inventory evaluates the intrinsic qualities that require protection; other technical data supports discussion on management strategies and facilitates decision-making.

  • Working groups correspond to the six themes that emerged from key issues identified by stakeholders.

  • By consensus, the Steering Committee will adopt management strategies for the CHMP, which will undergo state and federal environmental review. The CHMP will also include an implementation strategy and priorities for funding.

  • At key milestones throughout the process, various outreach forums are held to seek input from a larger group of stakeholders and the public.

  • The Draft CHMP and its environmental document will be circulated for public review and comment. The Final CHMP will provide the basis for interagency agreements and facilitate community involvement for more effective decision-making.

Coast Highway Management Plan

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Last updated: July 24, 2007