Reservoir Land Management Plans
TVA manages 293,000 acres of public land to protect the integrated operation of the TVA reservoir and power systems, to provide for the appropriate public use and enjoyment of the reservoir system and to promote the continuing economic development of our region. To that end, it has developed the TVA Land Policy, which helps balance these needs as well as others, including navigation and flood control.
A Blueprint for Decision Making
Whereas the Land Policy sets forth an overall strategy, the percentage of land available for each zone is established by the overarching Comprehensive Valleywide Land Plan (CVLP), and TVA’s Reservoir Land Management Plans (RLMPs) detail the tactics on a reservoir-by reservoir basis. These plans help TVA make decisions when it receives requests for the use of TVA public land. RLMPs are developed with participation by public agencies and officials as well as individuals and organizations. By providing a clear vision for how TVA will manage public land, an RLMP minimizes conflicting interests and guides decisions on land-use requests.
The RLMP planning process is a systematic method of identifying and evaluating the most suitable use of public lands under TVA's stewardship. TVA uses public input, computer analysis and information and expertise from other federal, state and local agencies to designate parcels of land by categories, or “zones.” These include:
- Zone 1 — Non-TVA Shoreland
- Zone 2 — Project Operations
- Zone 3 — Sensitive Resource Management
- Zone 4 — Natural Resource Conservation
- Zone 5 — Industrial
- Zone 6 — Developed Recreation
- Zone 7 — Shoreline Access
The reservoir land planning process does not change the existing access rights of adjacent property owners for the use of TVA land.
Across the Valley
Use the GIS Viewer Map to find individual parcels and land use allocations for TVA reservoir property. Click on the map below to view the land plan zones.
A Wealth of Information
Each individual RLMP contains a wealth of detailed information about the environment around each reservoir, as well as descriptions of each parcel of land addressed in the plans.
Links to land plans, maps and environmental reviews are below.
Comprehensive Valleywide Land Plan
Comprehensive Valleywide Land Plan (CVLP) was originally set forth in TVA's Natural Resource Plan in 2011 and TVA's Board of Directors approved updates to the CVLP allocation ranges on August 23, 2017. The CVLP allocation ranges are intended to help guide decision making across the entire TVA reservoir system.
TVA’s Land Policy spells out exactly how the agency manages the reservoir system and its 293,000 acres of surrounding lands to maximize public enjoyment, flood control, navigation, power production and economic growth.
Updates to the Watts Bar Reservoir Land Management Plan
TVA has issued a supplemental environmental assessment (SEA) and finding of no significant impact (FONSI) that considers the environmental impacts associated with proposed changes to the land use allocations on six parcels of TVA public land affecting 226 acres on Watts Bar Reservoir. Get more information.
Updates to Eight Reservoir Management Land Plans and the Comprehensive Valleywide Land Plan
The TVA Board of Directors has approved final land management plans for managing public lands on eight reservoirs in Alabama, Kentucky and Tennessee: Chickamauga, Fort Loudoun, Great Falls, Kentucky, Nickajack, Normandy, Wheeler and Wilson. The Board has also approved updates to the Comprehensive Valleywide Land Plan. Read more.
NEWS: Proposed Updates to the 2011 Natural Resource Plan
TVA is updating its Natural Resource Plan, which serves to guide its management of the public lands and waters within its power service area. Read more.