Proposed Revision to the Tellico Reservoir Land Management Plan

*Note: TVA's public scoping comment for the project ended on March 28, 2021. TVA will use the information gathered along with submitted public scoping comments to begin drafting an environmental review and lands plan. Once completed, TVA will post those documents to this website and will invite the public to comment on the draft documents. TVA currently anticipates being able to release the draft documents in late 2021.  

TVA proposes to revise the 2000 Tellico Reservoir Land Management Plan (RLMP) by reviewing all existing allocations of TVA land in order to respond to new issues and changes in conditions and circumstances. TVA proposes to change the allocation of approximately 2,144 acres of the 12,787 acres (16.8 percent) of public lands managed by TVA on Tellico Reservoir in Blount, Loudon and Monroe counties in east Tennessee.

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.

Environmental Scoping

TVA is preparing an Environmental Assessment (EA) addressing the environmental impacts of the proposed revision to the RLMP. The proposed revisions to the RLMP are the result of TVA’s initial review of the suitable uses of parcels and will be considered in the EA.

In January 2021, TVA notified the public of the plan revision and published the initial allocation changes under consideration for public review and comment.  During this scoping period, TVA received several dozen comments on the proposed changes and their potential to affect the environmental resources on Tellico Reservoir. TVA has prepared a Scoping Report that summarizes the proposed RLMP revision and the comments received during the scoping period. The public comments are appended to the report.  TVA is reviewing the comments and information submitted by the public and will revise its draft RLMP proposal as needed.

Tellico Land Plan Revision

TVA is reviewing all land use allocations on Tellico Reservoir, affecting approximately 12,787 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.

TVA develops RLMPs to guide land use approvals, private water use facility permitting, and resource management decisions on TVA-managed public land. 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.

Maps

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

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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): The proposed allocation changes would increase Zone 2 acreage by approximately 341.7 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): 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): The proposed allocation changes would decrease Zone 4 acreage by approximately 206.48 acres. 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.

Zone 5 (Industrial): The proposed allocation changes would decrease Zone 5 acreage by approximately 106.01 acres. 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.

Zone 6 (Developed Recreation): 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.

Zone 7 (Shoreline Access): The proposed allocation changes would decrease Zone 7 acreage by 98.73 acres. The decreased acreage 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 processed in tandem with the easement request. 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. Under the proposed revision, TVA-managed lands around Tellico Reservoir would be zoned as indicated in the table below.

 

Allocations

Zone 2: Project Ops.

Zone 3: Sensitive Resource Mgmt.

Zone 4: Natural Resource Conserv.

Zone 5: Industrial

Zone 6: Developed Recreation

Zone 7: Shoreline Access

Total

2000 (acres)*

635.1

2,184.5

7,191.62

330.4

1,892.7

553.08

12,787

Proposed 2021 (acres)

976.8

2,242.288

6,985.14

224.39

1,904.69

454.35

12,787

Acreage Change

+341.7

+57.78

-206.48

-106.01

+11.99

-98.73

N/A

2000 (%)

5.0%

17.1%

56.2%

2.6%

14.8%

4.3%

100%

Proposed 2021 (%)

7.6%

17.5%

54.6%

1.8%

14.9%

3.6%

100%

% Change

+2.6%

+0.4%

-1.6%

-0.8%

+0.1%

-0.7%

N/A

*Includes previously approved allocation changes.

Consistency with the Comprehensive Valleywide Land Plan

The revision of an RLMP must be consistent with TVA’s CVLP target allocation ranges. The table below shows the CVLP target ranges, the current allocation percentages for the 293,000 acres of TVA-managed public land, and the adjusted allocation percentages with the proposed Tellico RLMP revision. The proposed allocation changes would result in minor changes to the allocation percentages for the 293,000 acres of TVA-managed public land.

Allocation Designation

2017 CVLP Ranges (%)

Current Allocations (%)

With Proposed 2021 Allocations (%)

Zone 2

Project Operations

7-10%

8.7%

8.9%

Zone 3

Sensitive Resource Management

14-18%

16.0%

16.1%

Zone 4

Natural Resource Conservation

56-63%

60.0%

59.9%

Zone 5

Industrial

1-3%

1.6%

1.6%

Zone 6

Developed Recreation

8-10%

8.4%

8.4%

Zone 7

Shoreline Access

5-6%

5.2%

5.1%

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)
lmwhite@tva.gov

For more information about the environmental review, contact:

Matthew Higdon
NEPA Compliance Specialist
mshigdon@tva.gov

For more information about other public land matters, contact:

Public Land Information Center