Energize Eastside Updates
ELECTRONIC RECORDINGS of PUBLIC HEARINGS:

December 14, 2021 Code Interpretation Appeal (Video)

January 4, 2022 Code Interpretation Appeal (Video)

January 11, 2022 Master Application Hearing Day 1 (Video)


January 14, 2022 Master Application Hearing Day 2 (Video)


January 14, 2022: In a change to the published public hearing schedule, the hearing on January 28th will now begin with testimony by remaining witnesses from CENSE and Mr. Larry Johnson. Following their testimony, public comments will be heard. 


January 14, 2022: 
The City of Newcastle has added  a supplemental exhibit to the staff report for informational purposes. The following exhibit has been added:

• Supplemental Exhibit 9 Stronk Public Comment email Jan 5, 2022

All documents are available here.


January 10, 2022: 
The City of Newcastle has added supplemental exhibits to the staff report for informational purposes. The following exhibits have been added:


• Supplemental Exhibit 6 Public Hearing Notices
• Supplemental Exhibit 7 Public Comments Sept 11, 2021-Jan 7, 2022

All documents are available here.

January 7, 2022:
 
The City of Newcastle Hearing Examiner has issued a revised decision regarding a director's code interpretation, filed by PSE in relation to the Energize Eastside project.

The Examiner's revised decision is available here and is titled "Revised Decision on Appeal of Dir. Interpretation 1 7 2022.pdf".

January 6, 2022:
  The City of Newcastle Hearing Examiner has issued a decision reversing a director's code interpretation, filed by PSE in relation to the Energize Eastside project.

The Examiner's decision is available here and is titled "1-6-2022 Decision on Appeal of Director's Interpretation.pdf".

December 1, 2021: The City of Newcastle Hearing Examiner will hold a public hearing on December 14, 2021 at 2 p.m. to consider an appeal to a director's code interpretation, filed by PSE in relation to the Energize Eastside project. 

The public hearing notice is here

Supporting files are available to view here .


November 30, 2021: 
The City of Newcastle has added a supplemental exhibit to the staff report for informational purposes. The following exhibit has been added:

• Supplemental Exhibit 5 Newcastle Municipal Code, dated January, 2018.

All documents are available here.

November 16, 2021:
The public hearing will take place over five days: January 11, 14, 28, 31, and February 1 2022.

The City of Newcastle has added supplemental exhibits to the staff report for informational purposes. The following exhibits have been added:

• Supplemental Exhibit 1 SEPA Checklist, dated November 9, 2017
• Supplemental Exhibit 2 Vegetation Replacement Letter, dated June 6, 2020
• Supplemental Exhibit 3 Cattle Guard readings, dated November 2, 2020
• Supplemental Exhibit 4 DNVGL Table 7 Memo, dated October 13, 2020

All documents are available here.


October 1, 2021
:  The staff report and supporting documents are available here.

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.

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, 2018). 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.

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. 

Contact Information

Dave Van De Weghe
Senior Planner
Email
Telephone:  425.649.4444

12835 Newcastle Way, Suite 200 
Newcastle, WA 98056   

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