One year permit moratorium on above ground transmission lines above 100kV until city strategies & codes have been revised to minimize impacts of such projects to residential or recreational areas. Over 2,000 have now signed.
PSE is proposing High voltage lines' and half of the options include 90' to 110' high poles, 5 to 6 feet in diameter along the Lake Corridor, removing trees in a 50 to 60' wide swath. This is a revision to their earlier vegetation plan. PSE website
Simply picking PSE's other southern option, utilizing their existing corridor, isn't an option. See the below.
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A fascinating analysis as to just possibly why PSE is doing what they are doing.
A similar article can be found here.
Excellent 13 min. review of the critical drivers for this project can be viewed here.
"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.
City of Bellevue sought a consultant to "Independently evaluate the Eastside Needs Assessment and Executive Summary documentation for Energize Eastside" and hired Utility Systems Efficiencies. The documents below describe the statement of Work
For authorization on 8/4/14, see video, starting at 2:47, agenda item 11f.
Unbelievably, they respond after the fact. A Sr. Assistant Attorney General explains this in the letter below. Also, UTC representatives discussed their limited role to the Bellevue City council; see video.
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 input from the November data gathering on the final four routes considered. The final report will be posted when available.