What is a Master Plan?
A Master Plan is the document
that conceptually establishes and guides the orderly development,
administration, maintenance, preservation, enhancement, and management of all
natural, cultural, and recreational resources of a Corps water resource
project. A Master Plan is a land use management document. It is focused on the operations and
maintenance of an existing project and is no longer a “new project”
document. Master Plans do not include
water management operations and associated prime facilities (dam, gates,
powerhouses, spillways, etc.). Of
critical importance is the need to emphasize that a Master Plan is stewardship
driven and must seek to balance recreational development and use with
protection and conservation of natural and cultural resources.
Why do we need a new
The current Brookville Lake
Master Plan was completed in 1979, and have been used as guide for recreational
and environmental stewardship decisions.
Because the master plan is 40 years old, the plan includes little
information on cultural resources, invasive species, endangered species,
wildlife habitat value, jurisdictional wetlands, and other environmental
features that have become critically important following the passage of
landmark legislation such as the Clean Water Act and Endangered Species
Act. The focus of the old master plan
was primarily recreation development, with little attention given to natural
and cultural resources. The new master plan will focus on these important
issues as well as focusing on updating the recreation analysis. The new master plan will not include detailed
recreation plans. This master plan will serve as a dynamic document that guides
future development and resource use. The
previous master plans and current master plans did not and will not address
water level management and flood control as a separate manual is used to
regulate water storage and discharge.
Public Involvement in Master Planning Process
Public participation will be
a priority in the current Master Planning process. We will be seeking public input from key
stakeholders and partners. In addition,
open houses or public meetings will also be utilized to gather input from the
general public. We really want to know
what you want, what your vision is for the future management of recreation and environmental
stewardship programs might be, etc.
The master plan identifies
classification (i.e. zoning) for the lakes. Public lands are allocated and
classified into management categories which, based upon resources available and
public needs, will provide for full utilization while protecting project
resources. This zoning determines what types of development are permitted – for
instance campgrounds are permitted in intensive use areas but not wildlife
management zones. The original Master
Plan used slightly different zoning terminology than the new plan will use and
also included detailed construction diagrams for campgrounds, picnic areas
etc., and this level of detail will not be outlined in the new plan.
We will again re-assess the
project’s environmental attributes, public needs, etc. but will not be
producing detailed site designs. Instead
the focus will be on gathering public input and developing detailed natural
resource inventories to guide in reassessing the future recreational needs and
desired future conditions for natural resources.