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Finding of No Significant Impact

BannerLowe Commercial Development

Avery County, North Carolina

BannerLowe, LLC, proposes to construct a commercial development consisting of three buildings on approximately 30 acres of its property in Banner Elk, North Carolina. The project includes construction of building pads for a Lowe’s Home Improvement Center, a grocery store, and a small retail development. The project would also involve construction of all necessary parking spaces, a new driveway entrance, and the widening of Tynecastle Road adjacent to the project site.

In order to raise the site to the final design elevation, 16,000 cubic yards of clean fill material would be placed in jurisdictional streams, adjacent wetland areas, and floodplains of Elk River and two unnamed tributaries. The project would provide a large-scale commercial retail development in Banner Elk and benefit the local and regional economy.

As a requirement for the project, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Wilmington District, would have to issue a permit under Section 404 of the Clean Water Act for the permanent placement of fill in wetlands and the relocation of the two small unnamed tributary streams. Since this fill would involve construction of an obstruction and placement of fill in the floodplain of the affected streams, approval would also be required from the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) under Section 26a of the TVA Act. In accordance with the USACE environmental assessment (EA), BannerLowe will be required to mitigate the effects of its project on streams and wetlands.

USACE prepared an EA to consider the impacts of its permit approval. TVA has independently reviewed the USACE EA and concurs with the scope of analysis and conclusions of anticipated effects. To fulfill its compliance needs under the provisions of the National Environmental Policy Act, TVA has prepared the attached Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) and adopted the USACE EA as its own.

TVA issued its Section 26a permit on October 3, 2005.


Finding of No Significant Impact (PDF file, 31 kb)

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A copy of the USACE final EA and Finding of No Significant Impact document (referenced attachments) can be provided upon request. Contact:

Stanford E. Davis
Tennessee Valley Authority
400 W. Summit Hill Dr. WT 9B
Knoxville, TN 37902

Comments or questions may also be sent via e-mail to Stanford E. Davis.


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