FAQS: Answers to Frequently Asked Questions I.
Q. What is the Caltrans Scenic Road Program for County Roads?
A. The Caltrans State Scenic Highway Program also has a program for designation of County Roads: road corridors which fall entirely within a county unincorporated jurisdiction and are county owned and maintained. The sign posting for a Caltrans County Road designation is a simple emblem of a California Poppy (not a sign that includesthe text “scenic route” or “scenic drive”). The Caltrans Scenic Road Program for County roads designates road corridors for either the purpose of Preservation and Local Community Pride; or forthe Purpose of being locally promoted for tourism. The Nomination of Lucas Valley Road would be solely for the purpose of Preservation. II.
Q. Would a Scenic Road designation increase traffic on the road?
A. No, the road designation will NOT be promoted for the purpose of attracting visitors or additional non-resident traffic. The designation will NOT be published on maps, nor will there be any posting of the road designation on signage located on other nearby county access roads; therefore the designation will not be publicized to attract nonresident travelers to the road corridor. The only roadside signage to be posted will be a small scale sign with a Poppy emblem, just 18 inches in diameter. The signs will be no larger nor taller than the Bike Route signs which are currently placed on the road corridor. The signs do not contain any words or text. The signs would be installed by the County, placed near each end point of the designated corridor; west of the intersection with Los Gamos Road, and east of intersection with Nicasio Valley Road; and therefore will not be required to be visible to motorists at either of the two significant intersections. III.
Q. Would a Caltrans Scenic Road designation prevent allowed land uses or prevent local area homeowners from ordinary improvements of their residential property or fences?
A. No, the County ordinances which already exist in the Countywide Plan already meet the criteria for a state level scenic road designation and County Corridor Protection Plan. The actual written text of the County Level Corridor Plan to be adopted for the Designation would be subject to Planning Commission reviews and Hearings, to ensure there will be no significant adverse impacts on individual property owners or property owner planned improvements. After a Caltrans Scenic Road designation, the ‘scenic corridor plan” adopted by the County for the road corridor will continue to remain solely under county authority for both enforcement and interpretation; therefore, each home improvement or property development application will continue to be evaluated or approved at the discretion of the County and County Planning Department only; thereby ensuring that there will be no unintended or unreasonable restrictions placed on individual property owners from the Scenic Road Designation. IV.
Q, What are the benefits of the designation?
A. The primary Benefits are to achieve the Goals of establishing Local Community Pride and Official Recognition of Community Values and accomplishments. In particular, the designation honors the Historic Preservation of the Scenery by residents of CSA-13, the historic all underground utility design standards of RB-1; and the significant preservation of the natural scenic resources of the road corridor provided by the acquisition and maintenance ofthese resources by the Marin Open Space District and Marin County Parks. Added indirect benefits of the Designation include; 1) accomplishing Local Community Plan Updates to the CWP2007 for the Lucas Valley Planning area; 2) providing County access to new or enhanced Grant funding for projects that will maintain and further beautify the road corridor. Enhanced grant funding opportunities for the County would include Natural Scenic Resource Preservation or Enhancement projects (examples: native plant restoration; Miller Creek Watershed restoration; County Parks Public Trail maintenance: Open Space maintenance; undergrounding of utilities along the corridor; native wildlife habitat restoration, county road or bicycle lane improvements. V. Q. What does it cost? A. There is a one-time cost ofstaff time for the Visual Assessment Application and the written County Corridor Plan; Estimates are: 40 hours staff time, or if outsourced to consultants; est. $40k or less. VI.
Q. What are the risks?
A. There are no risks beyond the administrative costs to Nominate the road and undergo the designation process; the county retains full authority to revoke a designation if it is no longer desired. There is no state control or enforcement of a road corridor once it is designated. VII
Q. Will there be full public hearings and reviews before it is finalized?
A. Yes, there are two distinct future hearings, by the County Planning Commission and by the County Board of Supervisors to give final reviews for Adoption of a written Corridor Plan, and for the final decision to accept, or reject, any final designation at the conclusion of the Nomination process. VIII
Q. Can the designation be revoked if we don’t like it?
A.Yes, the county can revoke a designation, at will. At any time. I have more questions.
For more information or questions, please email email@example.com To show your support, you can sign the online petition on Website at: http://www.scenic-valley.org/