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.
10/1/14 6:30-8:30 PM Red Lion Hotel Bellevue, 11211, Main St.-- CAG (weighted evaluation factor analysis)
10/8/14 6:30 - 8:30 PM Old Redmond Schoolhouse Community Center, 16600 NE 80th St. -- Review "Objective Analysis" & make recommendation
November 12 & 13 time & location TBD -- Public Meetings (input on recommended options from 10/1)
12/10/14 5:30 - 8:30 time TBD -- CAG (develop final recommendation to PSE)
A fascinating analysis as to just possibly why PSE is doing what they are doing..
In advance of the meeting, eight of 24 CAG members provided PSE some routes that they would propose be removed from consideration. The four neighborhood Alternates were not allowed to vote. Input was reviewed and discussed at the CAG.
Seven of the 18 routes were placed as not recommended;six 6 of the 9 routes that included segment L (Lake Corridor portion) were among those not recommended.
However, PSE's later said all routes will still be included in the community input sessions in September as well as the weighted analysis late in the fall.
The CAG also agreed upon the evaluation factors, which will be also floated to the community meetings (see article to the right).
(New 7/22) The following is the data chart expected to be used in the evaluation:
Staff revised their recommendations to align with the Council's request to have independent analysis before entering in to the Environmental Impact Statement process. Council unanimously authorized the seeking of outside expertise with contracts to be brought back for approval in September. See video, starting at 2:47, agenda item 11f.
Excellent 13 min. review of the critical drivers for this project can be viewed here.
PSE released a debrief of information on the project and asked for community input here. All but the survey at the end was background. This was exactly the same information that was presented and gathered at the two sessions on 9/10 and 9/11. The data tables are well worth your time to review. The weighting was difficult, but crucial. Note: "utilizes opportunity areas" is a canceling factor saying that neither businesses nor residences want the lines, and "longevity" distinguishes only slightly one route, This author's recommendation:
City of Bellevue is seeking a consultant to "Independently evaluate the Eastside Needs Assessment and Executive Summary documentation for Energize Eastside" and expects the award by 10/20.
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.