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New Lanier Master Plan nearing completion

By Pamela A. Keene 
 
The updated Lake Sidney Lanier Master Plan is nearing completion, after nearly four years of public input, recommendations, drafts, surveys and reviews. The plan, in the works since 2017, will replace the most recent Lake Lanier Master Plan that was approved in 1989.
 
“An update to the master plan was long overdue and we are nearing the completion of this arduous process,” said Tim Rainey, operations project manager at Lake Lanier. “Much has changed at the project since the last time the master plan was updated. This new document will address changes in regional land use, population, outdoor recreation trends, and Corps of Engineers management policies. The master plan will address revised land classifications, new natural and recreational resource management objectives, recreation facility needs, and special considerations unique to Lake Lanier.”
 
In spite of the virtual shutdown when COVID-19 began, the Corps has continued work on the plan. “The process has been moving forward, from incorporating public comments to creating the necessary support documentation to make the plan viable,” he said. 
 
Once the draft plan is approved by leadership in the Mobile District, which is expected by early September, the Corps will begin the required Environmental Assessment this winter. 
 
“Our hope is to have a fully approved new master plan by spring of 2021,” Rainey said. “It has been a long time coming, but we have been very pleased with the participation in feedback and public comment sessions. It has been a balance to take so many issues into consideration, including recreation, water management and environmental concerns.” 
 
When complete, the Master Plan will be posted online.

Posted online 8/28/20
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