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The Planning Process
A requirement of national scenic byway designation is the development of a corridor management plan. A management plan is a lengthy and detailed document which provides historic context, an inventory of cultural, historic, and scenic resources, and goals and strategies to meet a vision for a byway.

The process to develop a management plan for the Charles Street Byway began in 2002. The City of Baltimore and Baltimore County formed a management team to pursue funding for the development of a management plan and designation of Charles Street as a national scenic byway.

The management team included representatives from the following:

  • Baltimore City Department of Planning (Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation)
  • Baltimore City Department of Transportation
  • Baltimore City Office of the Mayor (Baltimore City Heritage Area)
  • Baltimore County Office of Planning
  • Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts
  • Maryland State Highway Administration
  • Johnson, Mirmiran & Thompson (Consultant)
  • Lardner/Klein Landscape Architects (Consultant)

The management team created an advisory group to help shape the plan and ensure the plan reflected the needs and interests of those who work and live along Charles Street. A series of nine public meetings began in February 2005 to set the vision, parameters, and strategies of the plan. The process was coordinated by heritage area staff in conjunction with city agencies and community stakeholders.

In 2008, the final plan and the application for national designation were submitted to the U.S. Department of Transportation. Official designation of the Charles Street National Scenic Byway occurred on October 19, 2009.


The Charles Street Byway Management Plan
The Charles Street Byway Management Plan was developed through a public planning process shepherded by the heritage area and Baltimore City and Baltimore County agencies. The plan is divided into five main sections.

The first section describes the need to create a management plan for the Charles Street Byway and reviewed the planning process. This section also sets forth the vision for the byway. Front matter also includes a table of contents and acknowledgements.

Vision for the Charles Street Byway
Arriving by train, car, boat, bicycle, bus, light rail, and on foot, visitors to the Byway experience a vibrant cultural landscape unique to the Chesapeake region. Linking the Inner Harbor and its attractions to many of Baltimore’s outstanding and world renowned educational, historical, and cultural institutions, the Byway travels through an eclectic mix of urban and suburban neighborhoods, great places to live, work, shop, dine, recreate, and relax. The variety of Charles Street makes for an interesting experience as residents and visitors alike travel between the City and County, enjoying Baltimore’s wonderful museums, historical sites, architectural beauty, cultural activities and its historic landscapes and parks.

Section 1: Introduction (PDF; 1.7 MB)

The second section of the plan explores how visitors can approach the byway by car, rail service, and local bus lines. The section also includes diversions for neighborhoods and attractions off the main byway but worth a look.

Section 2: Navigation (PDF; 2.5 MB)

This informative piece of the plan presents five related themes for exploring the byway and describes many cultural and historic resources along Charles Street. The themes include the prevalence of rowhouses, great architecture, houses of worship, education and philanthropy, and innovations in city building.

Section 3: Attractions (PDF; 6.7 MB)

The heart of the planning document lies in the fourth section, which sets forth a series of directives to help shape the future of the Charles Street corridor. These goals are broken down into four categories: preserving and enhancing the byway, traveling the byway, visitor experience, and byway management. The last section presents recommendations on how to accomplish the goals and strategies outlined in Section 4. Options for a permanent management entity and priority actions provide short-term guidance. Three case studies look at how other national scenic byways are managed.

Sections 4 and 5: Goals and Strategies and Management (PDF; 2.8 MB)

The appendices include a transportation facility assessment for Charles Street and an inventory of attractions.

Appendix A (PDF; 2.2 MB)

Appendix B (PDF; 1.1 MB)


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