What is a Master Plan?
Master Plans summarize existing conditions, serve as an inventory and analysis of land resources, consider implications of alternative development actions, and recommend land use changes to support a preferred development plan. A Master Plan provides a framework for consistent, responsible decision-making for 15-25 years. This includes land use classifications that govern the way land is managed and used to provide good stewardship and outdoor recreation to meet the needs created by the lake itself.
What are the goals of the master plan?
The primary goals of the the master plan revision are to: improve infrastructure and utilities, enhance existing recreation sites and amenities, expand recreational opportunities in key areas and invest in key operational and support facilities. This means we've basically created an updated guide for the management of Jennings Randolph Lake based upon new public input, environmental studies, etc. It's important to note that a Master Plan does not plan or approve changes or improvements to flood risk management, hydropower, navigation and water supply functions.
What is an EA and what does it have to do with the master plan?
USACE prepared an Environmental Assessment (EA) in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as amended, to assess the impact of the Master Plan Revision to the human and natural environment at Jennings Randolph Lake. The Environmental Assessment that assessed the potential impacts of the 2019 JRL Master Plan resulted in a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI).