Corridor Management Planning Process underway for Palms to Pines Scenic Byway
By Beth Nottley, Staff Reporter
Wednesday's meeting is about the Palms to Pines Scenic byway, not the Cal Trans tree proposal!
Public meetings are scheduled next week to garner citizen input to complete a Corridor Management Plan (CMP) for the State-designated Palms to Pines Scenic Highway. A CMP is a written plan developed by the communities along a scenic byway that outlines how to protect and enhance the byway’s intrinsic qualities and character that define their byway corridor. The Palms to Pines Scenic Byway follows a 67-mile route on State Highways 74 and 243 from Palm Desert to Banning.
The CMP planning process will include representatives from the Forest Service, State Parks, Bureau of Land Management, CalTrans and members of local communities. It is expected that the planning process will take a year to complete, with a Draft Corridor Management Plan completion scheduled for June 2011.
All interested community members are invited to attend the community meetings, which are designed to provide a forum for discussion, question and answer, voicing of concerns, and arrival to a common vision for the Palms to Pines Scenic Byway.
The meetings will be held on Wednesday, July 28: 10:30 a.m. in Idyllwild at the Forest Service office; 1:30 p.m. at the Garner Valley Commons; and 4:30 p.m. at the Pinyon Fire Station.