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're basically creating 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 is preparing 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 draft EA is expected to be publicly released in spring 2019. We're looking for the public to provide information that may be pertinent to this assessment.
How can I be involved?
We want and need public input throughout this process. A Master Plan is the community's chance to shape the future of the lake by suggesting improvements, new ideas or giving feedback on current or future use. You can submit questions or comments for the Master Plan Revision within the form below or send a letter to the address below. If you'd like to join our mailing list for updates, please email CENAB-CC@usace.army.mil
. We will have a public meeting to discuss the draft of the master plan come winter 2019.
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Planning Division,
Subject: Jennings Randolph Lake Project,
2 Hopkins Plaza, Baltimore, MD 21201