FORT WORTH, Texas – The Fort Worth District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will host a public scoping meeting at 4 p.m., January 19, at Comanche County Courthouse - Comanche County Courtroom, 101 W. Central Ave., Comanche, Texas 76442 to provide information and receive public input on the Proctor Lake Draft Master Plan and Shoreline Management Plan revisions and Environmental Assessment.
The meeting will begin with a brief presentation at 4 p.m. followed by an open house for the public to view the current land use maps, ask questions, and provide comments about the project. If unable to attend the in-person meeting, documents will be available for comment beginning January 18 at
Documents posted online public review will include:
- 1971 Master Plan for Proctor Lake
- 1976 Shoreline Management Plan (then Lakeshore Management Plan) for Proctor Lake
- Comment Form
- Downloadable Presentation
The USACE defines the Master Plan as the strategic land use management document that guides the comprehensive management and development of all recreational, natural, and cultural resources throughout the life of the water resource development project. The Shoreline Management Plan is the document that sets the rules and policy regarding shoreline related activities by private individuals on Federal land. At Proctor lake shoreline related activities includes private boat docks and vegetation modification permits. Public participation is critical to the successful revision of the Master Plan and Shoreline Management Plan.
The Master Plan and Shoreline Management Plan area includes Proctor Lake federally owned land and all associated recreational and natural resource properties under USACE administration. Proctor Lake is a multi-purpose reservoir constructed and managed for flood risk management, water supply, fish and wildlife, and recreation. The current Master Plan for Proctor Lake is dated 1971, and the Shoreline Management Plan (then the Lakeshore Management Plan) is dated 1976. The revision is needed to address changes in regional land use, population, outdoor recreation trends, and USACE management policy.
Key topics addressed in the Master Plan include updated land classifications, new natural and recreational resource management objectives, recreation facility needs, and special topics such as utility corridors and public hunting. Key topics addressed in the Shoreline Management Plan includes permitting process for private individuals on Federal land including personal floating facilities (boat docks), vegetation modification permits (mowing, underbrushing, pedestrian paths, fire defensible spaces, etc.), and designating shoreline allocations and management guidelines that concur with federal laws and regulations. The Master Plan and Shoreline Management Plan do not address in detail the technical operational aspects of the reservoir related to the water supply, flood risk management, or flowage easement missions of the project. What cannot change is Existing Docks as they will remain grandfathered but must be in compliance with a valid permit.
Comments may be submitted online by filling out the Comment Form and clicking on the link provided on the comment form or mailing comments to the address below. Only written comments will be accepted. The comment period begins January 20 and ends February 20, 2023.
Questions pertaining to the Master Plan, Shoreline Management Plan, or public meeting can be addressed to: Timothy “Chad” Schaffer, Lake Manager, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, 2180 FM 2861 Comanche, Texas 76442, or email: CESWF-PROCTOR@usace.army.mil.