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Energize Eastside: Draft Environmental Impact Statement; Public Hearings

January 28, 2016

Dear Kirkland Neighborhood News List Serv Subscriber,

The Phase 1 Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS)  for the Energize Eastside project is now available.  Energize Eastside is a Puget Sound Energy (PSE) proposal to build a new electric substation and approximately 18 miles of high capacity electric transmission lines extending from Renton to Redmond. The project is intended to address an electrical transmission capacity deficiency that could begin in 2017.

Below is an announcement regarding the availability of the DEIS and upcoming Public Hearings/Open Houses, including one on February 23rd, 6-8 p.m. at the Kirkland Justice Center, 11750 NE 118th St., Kirkland WA 

For specific questions regarding the City of Kirkland’s role in the EIS, contact Jeremy McMahan, Development Review Manager, Planning & Building Department, at 425-587-3229 or jmcmahan@kirklandwa.gov.

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NOTICE OF AVAILABILITY OF PHASE 1 DRAFT ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT (DEIS)
Available January 28, 2016

NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETINGS/OPEN HOUSES

Project Name: Energize Eastside

Project Proponent: Puget Sound Energy

Location: Portions of Bellevue, Kirkland, Newcastle, Redmond, Renton, and unincorporated King County between the Sammamish Substation at 9221 Willow Road NE, Redmond, WA 98052, and the Talbot Hill Substation at 2400 South Puget Drive, Renton, WA 98055.  Note: Alternatives considered in the Phase 1 DEIS could extend further east and west and potentially impact portions of Issaquah, Sammamish, Yarrow Point, Hunts Point, Clyde Hill, Medina, and Beaux Arts. 

City of Bellevue EIS File Number: 14-139122-LE

Description: Construct and operate a new transformer served by approximately 18 miles of new 230 kilovolt (kV) electrical transmission line to supply future electrical capacity and improve electrical grid reliability for Eastside communities. Complete project description is available in the project file and on the project website at www.EnergizeEastsideEIS.org.        

EIS Required:  The Environmental Coordinator of the City of Bellevue, serving as lead agency, has determined that this proposal could have a significant adverse impact upon the environment. An Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is required under the Revised Code of Washington (RCW) 43.21C.  

Approvals required: Local permit review and approval within each affected jurisdiction.  The Energize Eastside 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.  

Draft EIS Available:  The Phase 1 Draft EIS will be available to the public on January 28, 2016.  It will be accessible online at www.EnergizeEastsideEIS.org.  

Printed copies are available for review at the following libraries:

·         Redmond Library, 15990 NE 85th St., Redmond, WA, 98052

·         Newport Way Library, 14250 SE Newport Way, Bellevue, WA 98006

·         Lake Hills Library, 15590 Lake Hills Blvd., Bellevue, WA 98007

·         Newcastle Library, 12901 Newcastle Way, Newcastle, WA 98056

·         Bellevue Library, 1111 110th Ave. NE, Bellevue, WA 98004

·         Renton Library, 100 Mill Ave S., Renton, WA 98057

·         Renton Highlands Library, 2902 NE 12th St., Renton, WA 98056 (moving to 2801 NE 10th St., Renton, 98056 as of February 20th) 

Copies of the document are also available for review at the following city offices:

·        City of Bellevue Development Services Department, City Hall, 450 110th Ave NE, Bellevue, WA 98004

·         City of Renton Planning Division, 1055 South Grady Way, Renton, WA  98057

·         City of Redmond Planning and Community Development, City Hall, 15670 NE 85th St Redmond, WA 98052

·         City of Newcastle Planning Division, City Hall, 12835 Newcastle Way, Suite 200, Newcastle, WA, 98056

Electronic copies of the EIS (Adobe PDF) on compact disk may be obtained free of charge at the following City offices (addresses above): Bellevue, Newcastle, Redmond, and Renton.

Printed copies of the EIS may be ordered and purchased by contacting Info@EnergizeEastsideEIS.org or calling Environmental Science Associates at 206-789-9658.

Public Comment: Agencies, affected tribes, and members of the public are invited to comment on the Phase 1 Draft EIS. You may comment on alternatives, mitigation measures, probable significant adverse impacts, and licenses or other approvals that may be required. 

Public Meeting/Open House Dates, Times, and Locations:

  • Tuesday February 23, 2016    6:00 - 8:00 PM:  Kirkland Justice Center/11750 NE 118th St., Kirkland WA 
  • Thursday February 25, 2016  6:00 - 8:00 PM:  Renton City Hall/1055 South Grady Way, Renton, WA 
  • Saturday February 27, 2016   2:00 - 4:00 PM:  Newcastle Elementary School, 8440 136th Ave. SE, Newcastle, WA 
  • Monday February 29, 2016  6:00 - 8:00 PM:  Redmond City Hall/15670 NE 85th St., Redmond, WA 
  • Tuesday March 1, 2016  6:00 - 9:00 PM:  Bellevue City Hall/450 110th Ave. NE, Bellevue, WA 

PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD: The deadline for submitting comments is Monday March 14, 2016. All comments related to the DEIS must be received by this date. Mailed items that are postmarked by March 14, 2016 will be accepted.  Comments may be submitted in writing or orally at the public meetings. Comments will be accepted by email; however, a valid physical mailing address is required to establish status as an official party of record.  

Written comments may be submitted:

Online at www.EnergizeEastsideEIS.org   

By email to  Info@EnergizeEastsideEIS.org   

By mail to:   City of Bellevue;  Development Services Department, Attn: Heidi M. Bedwell, 450 110th Avenue NE,  Bellevue, WA 98004

 

For questions about public meetings or commenting, email info@EnergizeEastsideEIS.org or contact: 

Heidi M. Bedwell, Senior Land Use Planner/Energize Eastside EIS Program Manager

City of Bellevue Development Services Department; 425-452-4862

Applicant Contact: Jens Nedrud, Puget Sound Energy

Applicant Contact Emailjens.nedrud@pse.com   

Lead Agency Contact: Heidi M. Bedwell, City of Bellevue

Lead Agency Contact Phone: 425-452-4862

Lead Agency Contact Email:  HBedwell@bellevue.wa.gov