The Blue Ridge Parkway, a unit of the National Park Service, has prepared an environmental assessment (EA) to evaluate the direct, secondary and cumulative environmental consequences of issuing a 10-year right-of-way (ROW) permit to the City of Asheville. The purpose of this permit would be to allow city access to a city-owned beneficial (inert) fill site located approximately 0.15 miles west of Parkway Milepost (MP) 383 (at the Parkway bridge over the Swannanoa River).

* indicates the current step in the planning process
Step 1. Define purpose and need/develop preliminary alternatives
Step 2. Conduct external scoping
Step 3. Refine alternatives
Step 4. Identify environmental impacts and select preferred alternative
Step 5. Prepare draft plan/environmental document
Step 6. Public review of draft plan/environmental document
Step 7. Analysis of public comment
Step 8. Prepare final plan/decision document
Step 9. Release final plan/decision document to the public *

A Finding of No Significant Impact was approved by the NPS Southeast Regional Director on June 24, 2004 for this project. The Regional Director signed the right-of-way permit on August 23, 2004.