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The City of Bellevue has the authority to regulate land use and, under the Growth Management Act, the requirement to consider the location of existing and proposed utilities and potential utility corridors in land use planning. The city must also plan for the provision of essential public utilities such as electrical facilities consistent with the goals and objectives of its Comprehensive Plan, taking into consideration the public service obligation of the utility involved.
Puget Sound Energy is underway with Energize Eastside, an electrical facilities project to site and build approximately 18 miles of new 230-kilovolt transmission line from Redmond to Renton, through Bellevue.
The city has an equal responsibility to ensure that community input is solicited on the siting of proposed facilities that may have a significant adverse impact on the surrounding community. Read about ensuring community input here.
You can submit written comments directly by email at email@example.com.
Bellevue's guiding principles in electrical facilities planning:
- We recognize that siting major, new infrastructure in a well-established city such as Bellevue is complex and will require tough decisions.
- A reliable power supply is important to Bellevue residents, businesses and stakeholders today and will be critical as we form our future.
- The city is engaging with PSE on the Energize Eastside project and will continue to look for opportunities to ensure the public's questions and concerns are addressed by PSE.
- Now is the time for the public to learn more about Energize Eastside and express their preferences.