FORT WORTH, Texas – Public participation is requested for the revision of the Lake O’ the Pines Shoreline Management Plan. The Fort Worth District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers representatives will host two public information meetings; one on May 8 in Longview at the Maude Cobb Convention Center, the Eitelman Room, 100 Grand Blvd, Longview, Texas; and a second on May 9 in Jefferson at the Convention and Visitors Center, 305 Austin Street, Jefferson, Texas. The purpose of these meetings is to provide information and receive public input for the revision of the Shoreline Management Plan for Lake O’ the Pines.
The May 8 & 9 meetings will begin with a brief presentation at 6 p.m. followed by an open house forum for individual one-on-one discussion with USACE representatives. The public can view maps, ask questions and provide comments about the Shoreline Management Plan revision. Comment forms and instructions for making comments will be provided at the meeting. The meeting presentation, comment instructions, and comment forms will be available shortly before the meeting on the USACE website at: https://www.swf.usace.army.mil/About/Lakes-and-Recreation-Information/Shoreline-Management-Plan/
A Shoreline Management Plan addresses the rules and guidelines that govern private shoreline uses, such as private boat docks, vegetation modification, and similar private uses of government property. The Shoreline Management Plan establishes shoreline allocations, which specify where certain private uses are allowable. Shoreline allocations are dictated by Engineering Regulation 1130-2-406 and include: Limited Development Areas, Protected Shoreline Areas, Public Recreation Areas, and Prohibited Access Areas. Each of these allocation is defined in ER 1130-2-406. The Shoreline Management Plan compliments the Lake O’ the Pines Master Plan.
The current Shoreline Management Plan for Lake O’ the Pines was completed in 1978. Revisions are needed to address changes in land use and policies since the current Shoreline Management Plan was published. Key topics to be addresses in the revision include revising shoreline allocations and updating the plan to incorporate changes in public law and national policies related to shoreline management. The objective of the revision and related management actions is to achieve a balance between permitted private uses and resource protection for general public use. Public participation is crucial to the successful revision of the Shoreline Management Plan.
Questions pertaining to the proposed revision can be addressed to: Rhonda Fields, CESWF-PEC-TM, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Fort Worth District, 819 Taylor Street, Fort Worth, Texas 76102, CESWF-OD-LP@usace.army.mil
About the Fort Worth District: The Fort Worth District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers was established in 1950. The District is responsible for water resources development in two-thirds of Texas, and design and construction at military installations in Texas and parts of Louisiana and New Mexico. Visit the Fort Worth District Web site at: www.swf.usace.army.mil and SWF Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/usacefortworth/