Reservoir Land Management Plans (RLMPs) effectively guide land use approvals, private water use facility permitting, and resource management decisions on TVA-managed public land. Norris RLMP was approved by the TVA Board of Directors in September 2001.
Norris Reservoir is an impoundment of Norris Dam in east Tennessee that extends 73 miles up the Clinch River and 56 miles up the Powell River from the dam. The reservoir extends into five Tennessee counties: Anderson, Campbell, Claiborne, Grainger, and Union.
The tailwater area below the Norris Dam on the Clinch River is known nationwide for quality trout fishing; the 13-mile stretch is listed in Trout Unlimited’s Guide to America’s 100 Best Trout Streams. Norris also features numerous hiking and biking trails. Water sports at Norris include boating, water skiing, swimming and excellent fishing.
The scope of the Norris RLMP is 27,926.8 acres. The Norris RLMP contains a regional overview, information about the environment around the reservoir and descriptions of each parcel of land. Norris Reservoir property is divided into 315 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 with 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 Norris Reservoir since the 2001 RLMP was completed.
Allocation Changes (pdf)
TVA land around Norris Reservoir has been allocated for certain land uses as summarized in the table below.
Sensitive Resource Management
Natural Resource Conservation
*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.