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The Cliffs at High Carolina

Buncombe County, North Carolina

On August 26, 2011, TVA issued a finding of no significant impact (FONSI) for a proposal by The Cliffs Communities to construct a golf course and residential development, The Cliffs at High Carolina, on a 2,980-acre tract located near Fairview in Buncombe County, North Carolina.  The proposal consists of approximately 1,400 single-family home lots, an 18-hole golf course, clubhouse village, golf practice range, short-game learning facility, putting and chipping green, and wastewater treatment facility.  The proposed action would result in permanent impacts to 3,132 linear feet of streams and temporary impacts to 160 linear feet of streams, 0.223 acre of wetlands, and 0.03 acre of open water.  Permanent and temporary impacts to streams and wetlands would be mitigated both on site and off site of the proposed development.  The on-site mitigation would include restoring 534 linear feet of streams and 0.0014 acre of wetland.  Planned off-site mitigation would be accomplished through payment to the North Carolina Ecosystem Enhancement Program in-lieu fee fund and by restoration and enhancement stream activities at the Shoal Falls site (Crab and Shoal creeks) in Henderson County, North Carolina.  These actions require a permit from the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) pursuant to Section 404 of the Clean Water Act as well as approval from TVA under Section 26a of the TVA Act.

USACE evaluated the potential environmental effects of the applicant’s proposed actions and prepared an environmental assessment (EA) to document findings.  TVA has adopted the USACE EA.  The TVA FONSI is presented below.  The USACE EA and FONSI are available upon request.


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Finding of No Significant Impact (PDF, 85 kb)


For further information or to request an electronic or printed copy of the documents, contact:
Loretta A. McNamee
Tennessee Valley Authority
400 West Summit Hill Drive, WT 11D
Knoxville, Tennessee 37902


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