The Santa Cruz County Transportation Commission, along with RRM Design Group, W-Trans, and Rincon Consultants, , received the Outstanding Planning Document award for the Monterey Bay Sanctuary Scenic Trail Network Master Plan at the AEP conference in Santa Barbara on March 23rd. RRM was the lead consultants on the project, while Rincon assisted with constraints analysis and prepared the Environmental Impact Report and mitigation strategies.
The Monterey Bay Sanctuary Scenic Trail Network Master Plan addresses multiple community objectives, including the provision of separated bike/pedestrian facilities for active transportation purposes and facilities linking the entire length of coastal Santa Cruz County. The planned alignments include a network of spurs that will provide coastal connectivity, providing safe recreational and commuter routes through the most populous portions of the county. The Plan is the result of an extensive interagency and public process, and is the product of years of work and an enormous outpouring of public participation. Importantly, the planning process communicated the broad range of benefits that a comprehensive Class 1 trail system can bring to a community. Benefits include reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and and protection of the natural environment, health, economic vitality, greater public understanding and appreciation of coastal resources, improved transportation efficiency, and increased access and mobility options for all age groups.
The award adds to the project's accolades, having also been recognized as an Outstanding Planning Document by the American Planning Association and the California State Parks’ Trails and Greenways Program. The Master Plan can be viewed here.