FIRST LOOK: Plans revealed for proposed 130-acre resort near the Butler community


A possible resort near Watauga Lake is on the docket today for Carter County Planning Commission. 

Commissioners will go over the plans for a 130-acre planned resort of Highway 67 near the Butler community. This is the first time some of the commissioners saw the plans. 

”The thing I’m excited about is the fact there is a potential of 500 new jobs in Carter County in the next several years, said Carter County Commissioner Robert Acuff. We are looking for new jobs in Carter County.

He went on to say the resort could help with tax dollars in the county since currently, the county’s main source of tax revenue is from property taxes. He went on to say that the future could hold a partnership with Milligan College training students for the hospitality industry.

While Acuff says hasn’t had any pushback from his constituents, he is aware of the petition and recommended calling commissioners in the sixth district, the area that would be affected by the resort.

Commissioner Randall Jenkins said he’s heard from people who are both for and against the resort. 

An online petition was created on and now has over 500 signatures.


Jose Velazquez the creator of the petition, says he hopes to present the petition during today’s meeting. Velazquez saying, The reason I started this is a lot of people I’ve talked to, I’ve heard talk about this is that they’re concerned about all the environment about all the 130 plus acres how it’s going to be destroyed and a lot of people love that area.

News Channel 11′s Kristen Gallant was at the planning commission meeting where the plans we’re approved.

We’re told the plan for the resort will now go before the full Carter County Commission during their April meeting. 

Take a look at the designs for the planned resort and restaurant in Carter County. 

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