Energize Eastside Updates

Puget Sound Energy has submitted materials for a Conditional Use Permit (#17-002), a Critical Areas Review (#17-013), a Variance application (#17-004) and a Site Plan Review application (#18-001).

PSE proposes to construct a new Richards Creek Substation in Bellevue and upgrade 18 miles of two existing 115-kilovolt transmission lines with 230-kilovolt lines. Collectively, this proposal, which spans from Renton to Redmond, is referred to as Energize Eastside.

The Newcastle segment is approximately 1.5 miles located within an existing utility corridor and PSE proposes to replace 52 wooden poles with 24 steel poles.

Project Status Updates

May 30, 2018: Puget Sound Energy will host another public meeting regarding Energize Eastside from 6-8 p.m. June 26 at Aegis Gardens. Residents are encouraged to bring their Energize Eastside questions and concerns. More information will be provided when available.

March 1, 2018: The final Energize Eastside Environmental Impact Statement was published today. The EIS is not a permit - it is one of many sets of information permitting agencies will consider as they decide whether to approve the project and issue necessary permits. View the final EIS at energizeeastsideeis.org.

Feb. 16, 2018:
The City of Newcastle has issued a notice of application regarding the Energize Eastside transmission line project. A 30-day period to comment on the land use application permits is now open. Submitting comments within this period establishes a property owner as a party of record and ensures the right of persons commenting to receive notice of hearings, to receive copies of decisions once made, and appeal rights. Comments under these provisions must be submitted by the comment period ending date (5 p.m. March 19) to: Thara Johnson, Senior Planner, City of Newcastle, 12835 Newcastle Way Suite 200, Newcastle, WA 98056. View the full notice of application here.

Feb. 2, 2018: The City of Newcastle has determined PSE's application to be complete. See the notice of completeness letter here.

Jan. 18, 2018: Puget Sound Energy has resubmitted its application and the city has 14 days to determine completeness.

Jan. 16, 2018: A public meeting is scheduled from 6:30-8 p.m. Jan. 31 at Vera Risdon Middle School (6928 116th Ave. SE, Newcastle). You're invited to come and learn more about the project and permitting process.

Dec. 5, 2017: The City of Newcastle is currently reviewing the submitted applications to determine whether all required materials are included and complete. The Newcastle Municipal Code allows for a 28-day period from application submittal to issue a determination of "completeness." PSE submitted materials on Nov. 9, 2017, and the city has issued a determination of incompleteness on Dec. 5, 2017. PSE has also submitted a request to have all applications consolidated for processing and review.

Participating in the Permit Review

There will be many opportunities to participate in the city’s review of the Energize Eastside project proposed by PSE. As part of the permit application, the city requires PSE to submit a public involvement plan which could include an open house, public meeting and more.

The city will update this page with information on how to get involved and submit comments. A public hearing is required as part of the application process with the City of Newcastle's hearing examiner. If you provided comments on the EIS, those comments are being addressed separately through the EIS process. No permits for the Energize Eastside project will be issued before the Final EIS is complete

Update: A 30-day period to comment on the land use application permits is now open. Submitting comments within this period establishes a property owner as a party of record and ensures the right of persons commenting to receive notice of hearings, to receive copies of decisions once made, and appeal rights. Comments under these provisions must be submitted by the comment period ending date (5 p.m. March 19) to: Thara Johnson, Senior Planner, City of Newcastle, 12835 Newcastle Way Suite 200, Newcastle, WA 98056. View the full notice of application here.

Click here to see a copy of the city's Powerpoint presentation from the Jan. 31 public meeting.

Events

- Jan. 31: Puget Sound Energy hosted an informational public meeting to discuss the Energize Eastside project from 6:30-8 p.m. Jan. 31 at Vera Risdon Middle School (6928 116th Ave. SE). Citizens were invited to come learn about the project, view proposed designs for the existing corridor and more. Newcastle city staff was also be on hand to answer resident questions about the permitting process. View a copy of the city's Powerpoint presentation from the meeting here.

Energize Eastside Permit Documents

*Note: Some files are large and will take more time to download*

Conditional Use Permit Application
- CUP Criteria Narrative (Description of Proposal)
Alternative Siting Analysis
- Public Involvement Plan
- PSE Needs Assessment Report
- Site Plan (No Variance Option)

Critical Areas Review Application
- Critical Areas Report
- Critical Areas Report (Addendum)
- Environmental Checklist

Variance Application
- Site Plans
- Photo Simulations

Site Plan Review Application

Additional Information

PSE offers detailed information about the Energize Eastside project. 

Visit the Energize Eastside Environmental Impact Statement website for information about the project's environmental review. 

(Webpage last updated May 30, 2018)

Contact Information

Steve Osguthorpe
Community Development Director
Email
Telephone:  425.649.4444

12835 Newcastle Way, Suite 200 
Newcastle, WA 98056   

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