LCRA Transmission Services Corporation (LCRA TSC) is encouraging Hill Country landowners with suggestions for route modifications to a new transmission line that may cross their property to work closely with its representatives.
In an effort to gather as much public input as possible and to route the project in the least- offensive and least-intrusive manner to individual landowners, LCRA TSC is continuing to review suggested segment modifications. These potential modifications relate to individual parcels of land that could be affected by the route the Public Utility Commission ultimately will choose for construction of the McCamey D to Kendall to Gillespie project.
In late July, LCRA filed an application with the PUC to build the new 345-kilovolt line from near Eldorado in Schleicher County to a station near Comfort in Kendall County and on to a station north of Fredericksburg in central Gillespie County. The line could be between 157 and 199 miles, depending on the route selected.
LCRA TSC’s application contained 75 possible alternative routes using 185 possible segments that could be arranged in thousands of route options. The application also contained several segment modifications proposed by landowners that would serve to reduce the impact of the transmission line on their property. Shortly after the application was filed, LCRA TSC mailed letters to more than 5,100 potentially affected landowners.
What to do if you are a landowner
Landowners who want to propose a revision to a route segment crossing their property should:
· Call 1-800-776-5272, Ext. 4151 or 4590, to speak with an LCRA TSC representative about suggested modifications for their property,
· Speak directly with LCRA TSC representatives about their proposed segment modifications during a Sept. 1 pre-hearing conference in Austin,
· Print out a map of their property and mark suggested route modifications for that piece of land (Interactive maps can be found on LCRA’s website at http://harn.lcra.org/website/ccn/viewer.htm?CCN=McCameyDKendallGillespie), and
· Write an explanation of the requested changes, and
· Mail the marked-up maps and explanation to Lance Wenmohs, LCRA, P.O. Box 220, Austin, Texas 78767, Mailstop BTC 101.
Landowners will be contacted by phone or e-mail to discuss individual suggestions, issues and concerns. LCRA TSC will supplement its filing to include the technically feasible landowner suggested segment modifications so the PUC can decide whether to approve them.
What to do if you are an intervener
LCRA TSC representatives will be available to speak with interveners and their legal representatives about suggested segment modifications on their personal property in conjunction with a pre-hearing conference scheduled by the PUC for Sept. 1 at the Palmer Events Center in Austin.
Large county maps will be available, but the public is encouraged to bring a map of the property to be discussed. Also, people should have a working knowledge of their land and specific concerns. No appointments are necessary.
Settlement conferences planned
LCRA TSC has requested that the administrative law judge set settlement conferences for interveners in September in Eldorado, Junction and Fredericksburg. Details regarding these settlement conferences will be available in the future based on the judge’s ruling. Only routing on specific parcels of land will be discussed at each of the opportunities to speak with LCRA TSC representatives.
Remuneration will not be discussed at these settlement conferences. After the PUC selects a route to build, LCRA TSC will sit down with directly affected landowners to discuss compensation for the use of their properties. LCRA TSC pays fair market value for transmission line easements.
A hearing on the merits of this case, PUC Docket No. 38354, is scheduled Oct. 25 through Nov. 5 in a location to be determined. The deadline to intervene is Aug. 27.
For more information, go to the LCRA website at www.lcra.org/crez, or call 1-800-776-5272, Ext. 4151 or 4590.
About LCRA TSC
LCRA Transmission Services Corporation is a nonprofit corporation created by LCRA to build, own, and operate transmission lines and related facilities throughout Texas. LCRA TSC owns and leases about 4,400 miles of transmission lines and other facilities that are part of the state’s electric grid. LCRA TSC pays local and state taxes.
The Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) is a nonprofit conservation and reclamation district that provides energy, water, and community services to Texans. Created by the Texas Legislature in 1934, LCRA has no taxing authority and operates solely on utility revenues and service fees. LCRA supplies electricity to more than 1.1 million Texans through more than 40 wholesale customers. LCRA also provides many other services in the region. These services include managing floods, protecting the quality of the lower Colorado River and its tributaries, providing parks and recreational facilities, offering economic development assistance, operating water and wastewater utilities, and providing soil, energy, and water conservation programs.