Proposed Revision to the Tellico Reservoir Land Management Plan

*Note: TVA’s public comment period for the draft environmental assessment and draft reservoir land management plan ended January 15, 2022. TVA is anticipating a final decision in late summer of 2022.

TVA is proposing to revise the 2000 Tellico Reservoir Land Management Plan (RLMP) in Blount, Loudon, and Monroe counties in East Tennessee. TVA has reviewed the current land use allocations of TVA lands on Tellico Reservoir to determine if those allocations are appropriate or if changes are needed. Based on this review, TVA has prepared an environmental assessment reviewing three possible alternative actions.

The proposed RLMP revision would be consistent with the TVA Land Policy, Natural Resource Plan (NRP), Comprehensive Valleywide Land Plan (CVLP), and TVA’s goals for managing natural resources on public lands. RLMPs guide land use approvals, private water-use facility permitting, and resource management decisions on TVA-managed public land.

Draft Environmental Assessment

TVA has prepared an Environmental Assessment (EA) addressing the environmental impacts of the proposed revisions to the RLMP. The proposed revisions to the RLMP are the result of TVA’s initial review of the suitable uses of parcels as well as input from the public.

In January 2021, TVA provided a 60-day public scoping period to solicit input on the current uses and the proposed allocation changes. Based on public scoping input, it was determined that there should be three alternatives analyzed in the environmental review, a “No Action Alternative” and two additional alternatives, Alternative B and C.

Under Alternative A, the “No Action Alternative”, TVA would not take any action to amend the 2000 Tellico RLMP for TVA managed lands on Tellico Reservoir. All parcels would continue to be managed under the 2000 RLMP.

Under Alternative B, TVA would revise the 2000 Tellico RLMP by reallocating land use zones on 102 parcels affecting 2,075.0 acres (16.2%) of the 12,787.6 acres of TVA-managed public lands on Tellico Reservoir. Under Alternative B, the proposed lands plan would be updated to become consistent with current lands planning practices and would consider several proposals for recreation development that are supported by the Tellico Reservoir Development Agency and/or local stakeholders.

Under Alternative C, TVA would revise the 2000 Tellico RLMP by reallocating land use zones on 101 parcels affecting 1,904.5 acres of the 12,787.6 acres (14.9%) of TVA-managed public lands on Tellico Reservoir. The lands plan would still be updated consistent with current lands planning practices but the proposals would not be considered under this option.

Based on the analysis and public input, TVA may choose one of these three alternatives or a blended alternative of two or more alternatives. Alternative B is TVA’s preferred alternative.

Draft Environmental Assessment

Public Scoping Report

Tellico RLMP Revision

TVA develops RLMPs to guide land use approvals, private water use facility permitting, and resource management decisions on TVA-managed public land. TVA is reviewing all land use allocations on Tellico Reservoir, affecting approximately 12,787.6 acres of TVA land in Blount, Loudon, and Monroe Counties in east Tennessee.

TVA previously approved a land plan for Tellico Reservoir in June of 2000. Please click here to review the current 2000 Tellico Lands Plan webpage, including the environmental review, land plan, and maps.

Any proposed development or activity on public land will be subject to TVA approval pending the completion of a site-specific environmental review to evaluate the potential environmental effects of the proposal. As necessary, TVA would impose any necessary mitigation measures as conditions of approval for the use of public lands to minimize adverse environmental effects.

TVA’s draft RLMP includes an overview of TVA’s planning process, a description of the Tellico Reservoir, and descriptions of each individual TVA parcel. Maps associated with the draft RLMP can be downloaded or viewed on the interactive map below.

The revision of an RLMP must be consistent with TVA’s Comprehensive Valleywide Land Plan target allocation ranges. The three RLMP alternatives under consideration by TVA would be consistent with TVA’s CVLP and the proposed allocation changes under both Alternatives B and C would result in minor changes to the target allocation ranges for the 293,000 acres of TVA-managed public land. For more information about the CVLP, please click here.

Draft Tellico Reservoir Land Management Plan

Maps

The proposed individual parcel allocations can be examined on the maps below:

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Draft Tellico Land Plan Revision Panel Maps
Recreation Easement FAQ
Current Tellico Land Plan Allocations

Proposed Allocation Changes

A summary of the proposed revisions to the Tellico RLMP zone allocation acreage is below:

Zone 2 (Project Operations): Under both Alternatives B and C, the proposed allocation changes would increase Zone 2 acreage by approximately 341.9 acres. The increased acreage is due to the inclusion of road Right-of-Ways and Safety Landings that were not zoned for Project Operations in the 2000 RLMP.

Zone 3 (Sensitive Resource Management): Under both Alternatives B and C, the proposed allocation changes would increase Zone 3 acreage by approximately 57.78 acres. The increased acreage is due to additional areas identified with sensitive resources.

Zone 4 (Natural Resource Conservation): Under Alternatives B and C, the proposed allocation changes would decrease Zone 4 acreage by approximately 206.48 acres and 132.51 acres, respectively. The decreased acreage is primarily due to the reallocation of road Right-of-Ways and Safety Landings to Zone 2 as those were predominantly zoned for Natural Resource Management in the 2000 RLMP. Additionally, several tracts were reallocated from Zone 3 (Sensitive Resource Management) lands where sensitive resources have no longer been identified. Under Alternative C, Zone 4 acreage would decrease less than under Alternative B due to Parcel 3 remaining in the Zone 4 allocation rather than being reallocated for another use.

Zone 5 (Industrial): Under Alternatives B and C, the proposed allocation changes would decrease Zone 5 acreage by approximately 106.01 acres and 41.96 acres, respectively. The decreased acreage is primarily due to the proposed reallocation of lands in support of recreational developments and the removal of TVA lands that have been disposed of since 2000. Under Alternative C, the decreased acreage would be primarily due to the removal from the land plan of TVA lands that have been disposed of since 2000.

Zone 6 (Developed Recreation): Under Alternative B, the proposed allocation changes would increase Zone 6 acreage by approximately 11.99 acres. The increased acreage is primarily due to additional lands being requested for recreational use. Three parcels would be removed from recreational use as recommended by the planning team and/or recommended by the 2006 assessment that was conducted as a result of the TVA Land Policy.  However, under Alternative B, other projects proposed by stakeholders, primarily TRDA, would compensate for the loss of those recreational lands with additional lands proposed for recreational use, resulting in a net increase of lands allocated to Zone 6.  Under Alternative C, the proposed allocation changes would decrease Zone 6 acreage by approximately 129.09 acres. Several of the parcels that would be allocated to Zone 6 under Alternative B would remain in their current allocations under Alternative C.    

Zone 7 (Shoreline Access): Under Alternatives B and C, the proposed allocation changes would decrease Zone 7 acreage by approximately 98.74 acres and 95.64 acres, respectively.  The decreased acreage change is due to the reallocation of lands requiring recreation easements to Zone 4 (Natural Resource Conservation) or Zone 3 (Sensitive Resource Management).  When lands are requested for recreation easements, an allocation change to Zone 7 (Shoreline Access) would be required as well. Read more about recreation easements and who is eligible.

Major Allocation Changes

View detailed table of all major allocation changes.

Minor Allocation Changes

Minor allocation changes include those that are administrative in nature or those lands which are being reallocated based on current land planning guidelines or information but the use of the property remains unchanged. View detailed table of all minor allocation changes.

Previously Approved Allocation Changes

View allocation changes previously approved by TVA.

Allocation Acreage

Currently, public lands around Tellico Reservoir are managed consistent with the 2000 RLMP and the allocation acreages are shown in the table below. As indicated in the draft EA and the draft RLMP, TVA’s alternatives for zone allocations around Tellico Reservoir are shown in the table below.

Allocation Designation

Alternative A* - No Action

Alternative B

Alternative C

Number of Parcels

Acres

Number of Parcels

Acres

Number of Parcels

Acres

Zone 2 - Project Operations

3

635.1

24

977.0

24

977.0

Zone 3 - Sensitive Resource Management

27

2,184.5

28

2,242.1

28

2,242.1

Zone 4 - Natural Resource Conservation

43

7,191.62

44

6,985.1

43

7,059.1

Zone 5 - Industrial

8

330.4

4

224.4

4

288.4

Zone 6 - Developed Recreation

34

1,892.7

29

1,904.7

23

1763.6

Zone 7 - Shoreline Access

29

553.08

39

454.3

40

457.4

*Includes previously approved allocation changes.

Contacts

For more information about reservoir land planning, contact:

Lesley M. Webb
Policy & Project Management Senior Specialist
Tennessee Valley Authority
2835-A East Wood Street
Paris, Tenn. 38242
731-641-2008 (voicemail only)
[email protected]

For more information about the environmental review, contact:

Matthew Higdon
NEPA Compliance Specialist
[email protected]

For more information about other public land matters, contact:

Public Land Information Center