The TCT blueways Planning Strategy is a recommended approach to planning a Blueway from conception through to operation. The planning strategy serves to inform Blueways planners of a process toward resolution of potential issues and to inspire opportunities for enhancement. Each organizing group can determine for themselves the appropriate level of detail that is required for their particular project.
TCT can serve as a unifying partner linking land-based trails with water trails and guiding development for a consistent product. The process has many steps and often takes from 2-5 years to complete. The following TCT Blueways Planning Strategy charts the recommended 9 steps.
Much like land-based trails, Blueways require never-ending community support to build, expand and maintain. Securing access to the water for public trails requires partnerships between governmental agencies, nongovernmental agencies and the private sector. Typically, volunteers are the key advocates of the Blueway and they form the basis of support for stewardship. Together with private enterprise, property owners and regulatory agencies these partnerships can promote and operate a successful water trail over the long-term.
Trans Canada Trail Blueways Guideline – Final Report (2014)