Reservoir Land Management Plans (RLMPs) effectively guide land use approvals, private water use facility permitting and resource management decisions on TVA-managed public land.
Blue Ridge Reservoir is one of nine tributary reservoirs included in the Mountain RLMPs project, which was approved by the TVA Board of Directors in November 2009.
Blue Ridge Reservoir is an impoundment of the Toccoa River formed by Blue Ridge Dam located at Toccoa River mile 53.0. Blue Ridge Reservoir is situated in Fannin County in north Georgia. The Toccoa River becomes the Ocoee River when it enters Tennessee, and Blue Ridge Reservoir is the uppermost TVA project on this TVA reservoir system.
Blue Ridge has a scenic overlook above the dam and a shaded picnic area near the powerhouse. There is a canoe and kayak launch site below the dam that provides non-motorized boaters access to the Toccoa River. In addition to providing power to the area and recreational opportunities in the form of watersports, Blue Ridge Dam also serves to reduce flooding.
The scope of the Blue Ridge RLMP is 469.5 acres of the 6,273.0 total acres of TVA public land in the Mountain RLMP. Blue Ridge Reservoir property is divided into 42 parcels, and each parcel is assigned a single land use allocation zone. Descriptions of the allowable land uses within each land planning zone are available here.
Individual parcel allocations can be examined on the maps below:
Download Map (PDF)
After approval of an RLMP by TVA, all future uses of TVA public
lands on that reservoir must then be consistent with the allocations
within the RLMP. In accordance TVA policies and guidelines, allocation
changes are only allowable under limited circumstances. The attachment
at the link below describes the land use allocation changes that have
occurred on Blue Ridge Reservoir since the 2009 RLMP was completed.
Allocation Changes (PDF)
TVA land around Blue Ridge Reservoir has been allocated for certain land
uses as summarized in the table below.
|Zone 2 Project Operations||293.1|
|Zone 3 Sensitive Resource Management||12.2|
|Zone 4 Natural Resource Conservation||27.7|
|Zone 5 Industrial||0.0|
|Zone 6 Developed Recreation||14.6|
|Zone 7 Shoreline Access||121.9|
*Zone 1 is Non-TVA Shoreland with TVA land rights and does not change as a result of the lands planning process.
TVA’s land planning methodology incorporates the environmental review process established under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). NEPA requires federal agencies to consider the effects of their proposed projects on the human and natural environment before final decisions are made.
It is important to note that RLMPs are programmatic plans that designate potential allowable land uses as defined in the land use zone definitions and do not involve specific land actions. TVA would complete an appropriate site-specific environmental review prior to proposed development or activity on TVA public land.