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Corps holds Master Plan update meetings

By Pamela A. Keene
 
As the next part of the development of a new Master Plan for Lake Lanier, the Corps of Engineers will hold four public meetings at the end February.
They are open to the public, who will be encouraged to give feedback on the latest Proposed Management Actions that will be the framework for the initial Draft Master Plan.
Here are the meeting dates:
 
  • Dawson County, February 24, 6 to 9 p.m., Kilough Elementary School, 1063 Kilough Church Rd., Dawsonville
  • Hall County, February 25, 6 to 9 p.m., Hall County Gov Bldg., 2875 Browns Bridge Rd., Gainesville
  • Forsyth County, February 26, 6 to 9 p.m., Central Park Recreation Center, 2300 Keith Bridge Rd., Cumming, and;
  • Gwinnett County, February 27, 6 to 9 p.m., Lanier Project Management Office, 1050 Buford Dam Rd., Buford.
     

To recap the project to date: Initial stakeholder meetings were held in November 2017 and initial public meetings were held in February 2018. Comments and issues were collected during those meetings. A Recreation Carrying Capacity Study also has been conducted.
 
Information collected from the initial stakeholder and public meetings, along with data collected from the Recreation Carrying Capacity Study, has been analyzed and the Corps of Engineers has developed Proposed Management Actions to be included in the Master Plan update.
 
These Proposed Management Actions will be presented to the stakeholders for feedback on February 5 and 6. The feedback will be considered and the Proposed Management Actions will be revised if necessary.
 
The revised Proposed Management Actions will then be presented at the public meetings identified above. Comments and feedback received from the public at these meetings will be considered and the Proposed Management Actions will again be revised if necessary.
 
Once the Proposed Management Actions are final, the Draft Master Plan will be written and an Environmental Assessment will be conducted. It is expected that the Environmental Assessment will be completed by the end of September 2020. 
 
During the Environmental Assessment process, the public will have another chance to provide comment virtually when the Environmental Assessment is posted on the internet. The website address will be advertised at the appropriate time.

Posted online 1.30.20
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