Scenic Byways Designation Process
To obtain designation, a local sponsor must complete a multi-stage process of identifying a route, submitting an application, developing a Corridor Management Plan, and receiving approval by the Georgia DOT. The application defines the route, acknowledges local support of the byway, and assesses the intrinsic qualities and potential issues of the route. The Corridor Management Plan (CMP) documents the vision for the byway and what steps will be taken to achieve the goals of promotion, preservation, and enhancement.
Georgia Scenic Byways Designation Guide
Georgia DOT has created The Georgia Scenic Byways Designation Guide. This guide is intended to introduce the Georgia Scenic Byways Program to the public and to assist potential Scenic Byway sponsors through the designation process.
In order to uphold high standards for the Georgia scenic byways system, every proposed byway is evaluated according to an objective set of criteria as described in the Guide. Primary criteria include consideration of the quality of the road's scenic, cultural, natural, archeological, historic, and/or recreational resources. Additional criteria to assess a proposed byway's qualification for designation include:
- Corridor's uniqueness
- Corridor's continuity
- Proximity of the roadway to resources
- Potential impact of increased usage on these resources
- Level of local participation and support
- Responsiveness of the local program to the future development and enhancement of the byway
- How a community will preserve the distinctive qualities and the overall character of the designated byways
Request For Eligibility Application Materials
This page is intended to explain the benefits of scenic byway designation and to guide local groups and individuals through the designation process. Please call us for more details including information about technical assistance. You may also e-mail for an eligibility application package.