PSE will make the decision as to what route or routes are carried forward for permitting. The City of Bellevue is the lead Agency.
Although none of the routes currently under consideration impact the Lake Corridor area, PSE still believes that they have a legitimate easement along the corridor (see "Who owns the corridor") and we will continue to track the issue. If it is constructed, it will still have a significant impact on the eastside.
Below is the final report of the CAG as written by PSE.
"Oak" is the second route recommended and received more preferences by the members. This route also tracks the existing easterly route, but loops through Factoria and largely mitigates the impact to Somerset yet costs an additional $22M. The loop through Factoria has raised almost no objection.
Other members agreed with the concern over the flawed process and limited results but if they stayed to the CAG charter of assuming the need and only considered the PSE proposed solution of an overhead route and the routes proposed by PSE, then these would be the recommendations.
Excellent 13 min. review of the critical drivers for this project can be viewed here.
After the EIS, PSE will need to apply for a Conditional Use Permit for Bellevue as well as permits from other Cities. At this time, based upon the EIS, PSE may propose a different solution or routes.
Once the Conditional Use Permit is obtained from Bellevue and other cities, PSE will know the applicable codes that they must satisfy.
PSE proposed High voltage lines and half of the options included 85' high poles, 5 to 6 feet in diameter along the Lake Corridor, removing trees in a 50 to 60' wide swath. PSE website
The chart below shows the sequence of events, with the final EIS to be expected Spring of 2017. Critical is that Bellevue, cooperating with the other cities involved, will study options but will not make recommendations.
A fascinating analysis as to just possibly why PSE is doing what they are doing.
A similar article can be found here.