Four heritage trees were approved for removal at the future Pedernales Electric Cooperative, Inc. substation site east of the intersection of Hero Way West and Lakeline Boulevard.

The action came at the Jan. 19 Leander City Council meeting. According to past Leander City Council documents, heritage trees are trees the city desires to preserve to the greatest extent possible.

Because of the construction of the electric substation and accompanying detention facility, PEC requested the trees be removed, according to city documents. The substation is being built to meet growing power demands in Leander.

A year ago, Council established an undisturbed natural area, which offers a buffer between a residential subdivision and the PEC substation, Executive Director of Development Services Robin Griffin said at the meeting. PEC will preserve a lot of trees, but they will be required to remove some trees to construct the substation.

Council’s approval was the final step in the tree removal request process.

The site is roughly 4.93 acres in size, and it is located at 13151 Hero Way West.