Public meetings will be held on July 26th, 27th, and August 4th in Denton, Cambridge and Easton, MD, to review the draft corridor management plan for the Michener Chesapeake Country Scenic Byway, an extension of the existing Chesapeake Country National Scenic Byway through Cecil, Kent and Queen Anne’s Counties. The Michener Byway highlights the picturesque waterways, historic waterfront and inland villages, agricultural operations, and natural expanses found along scenic travel routes in Caroline, Dorchester, Queen Anne’s, and Talbot Counties.
Please join us at one of three public meetings to discuss the plan. Each meeting will cover the same content and will include:
• Presentation of the draft corridor management plan, followed by an opportunity to ask questions or discuss the plan’s recommendations
• Discussion of the potential for extending the existing Chesapeake Country National Scenic Byway designation to Vienna, MD, as part of the Federal Highway Administration’s America’s Byways program, management and funding strategies.
MEETING TIMES AND LOCATIONS:
Tuesday, July 26, 2011 7 – 9 pm
Talbot Community Center
10028 Ocean Gateway
Easton, MD 21601
Wednesday, July 27, 2011 4 – 6 pm
Museum of Rural Life, Denton MD
16 North Second Street
Denton, MD 21629
Thursday, August 4, 2011 4 – 6 pm
Dorchester County Public Library
303 Gay St.
Cambridge, MD 21613
The plan, along with other background information on the planning process, can be viewed at the project web site: http://www.lardnerklein.com/mcsb_index.html. A hard copy of the plan can also be found at each of the county tourism offices. Comments and suggestions regarding the plan can also be submitted for an additional 30 days after the public meetings until September 6, 2011.
A byway management plan is required by Federal Highway Administration to apply for designation through the “America’s Byways” program. Public input is an important criterion in determining whether or not the plan accurately reflects the wishes of the communities through which the byway passes.
The Michener Byway’s corridor management plan is prepared with funding from the US Department of Transportation. It is administered by Talbot County’s Office of Tourism and their local government partners in the four counties and their state agency partners.
The purpose of the corridor management plan is to help the four counties and their State agency partners (Maryland Office of Tourism Development, Maryland State Highway Administration, Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Maryland Department of Planning and the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority) protect and promote the natural and cultural resources found along the route and to implement strategies for sustainable tourism development based on that heritage.
The “America’s Byways” designation provides opportunities for heritage-based tourism, including additional funding opportunities for preservation and enhancement projects. Maryland has six national byways under the program, including the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway through Caroline and Dorchester Counties. The plan is being prepared by a team of planning, engineering, landscape architecture and historic preservation experts led by Lardner/Klein Landscape Architects, P.C. of Alexandria, VA.