TVA is updating the 2000 Tellico Reservoir Land Management Plan. The schedule for this process has been delayed due to the COVID-19 outbreak. More information and opportunities for public comment will be made available during the public scoping process which is expected to begin in January 2021. Announcements about the project and public comment opportunities will be posted in local papers and on TVA’s website.
Reservoir Land Management Plans (RLMPs) effectively guide land use approvals, private water use facility permitting, and resource management decisions on TVA-managed public land. Tellico RLMP was approved by the TVA Board of Directors in August 2000.
Tellico Reservoir is an impoundment of the Little Tennessee River formed by Tellico Dam, which is located at Little Tennessee River mile 0.4. Tellico Reservoir is situated in Loudon, Blount and Monroe Counties in east Tennessee.
Tellico Dam was the last dam built by TVA in the Tennessee River. A canal diverts water into Fort Loudoun Lake to help with flood control, increased power production and navigation. Tellico Reservoir is home to the East Lakeshore Trail, designated a National Recreation Trail by the Department of the Interior, and the Hall Bend Habitat Protection Area Trail – a 5-mile, moderate trail featuring scenic views, fishing spots and wildlife viewing.
The scope of the 2000 Tellico RLMP is 12,643.0 acres of TVA public land and the reservoir property is divided into 139 parcels. However, changes in land ownership have occurred since the 2000 RLMP was completed and the current Tellico acreage is an estimated 12,805.1 acres and the reservoir property is now divided into 144 parcels. See the “Allocation Change” section below for details of changes that have taken place since the RLMP was completed.
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:
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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 Tellico Reservoir since the 2000 RLMP was completed.
TVA land around Tellico Reservoir has been allocated for certain land
uses as summarized in the table below. The acreages below reflect allocation changes that have taken place since approval of the 2000 Tellico RLMP.
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.