The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Mobile District, is revising the Lake Sidney Lanier Master Plan. The Master Plan is a comprehensive land and recreational management tool that guides the stewardship of natural and cultural resources and the provision of outdoor recreation facilities and opportunities at the project.
The update is expected to take approximately 2 years and will review current and future recreational needs and capacity at the project. The process will begin this fall with a Carrying Capacity Study and stakeholder focus groups.
Beginning next year, the Corps of Engineers will hold public meetings and conduct surveys to solicit feedback on proposed changes to the Master Plan. Data collected during the Carrying Capacity Study will be documented in a Carrying Capacity Report and additional public meetings will be held to present the report’s findings. An updated draft Master Plan and Environmental Assessment will then be developed with a final update expected to be released in the summer of 2019.
What is a Master Plan?
A Master Plan is the strategic land-use management document that guides the comprehensive management and development of all project recreational, natural, and cultural resources throughout the life of the water resources project.
Why Revise the Master Plan?
The current Master Plan, developed in 1987, is in need of revision to address changes in regional land-use, population, outdoor recreation trends and Corps of Engineers management policy. Key topics to be addressed in the revised Master Plan include revised land classifications, new natural and recreational resource management objectives, recreation facility needs and special topics such as invasive species management and threatened and endangered species habitat.