Cedar Park moves to intervene in LCRA transmission lines

The city of Cedar Park chose to step in as an intervenor during a meeting May 12 regarding potential transmission lines running from Round Rock to Leander that were proposed by the Lower Colorado River Authority.

The LCRA is looking to build a proposed 138-kilovolt line from two existing power substations in Round Rock and Leander to two proposed substations in Cedar Park and Leander. The organization submitted 31 possible routes to the Public Utilities Commission of Texas on April 28 and identified a route that runs along FM 1431 and Sam Bass Road as one of the top options.

The LCRA TSC submitted 31 routes to the Public Utilities Commission The LCRA TSC submitted 31 routes to the Public Utilities Commission[/caption]

The city of Cedar Park previously passed a resolution recommending the transmission line be placed along FM 1431, and it also recommended an alternative route that would run along Arterial H.

City documents stated that to participate in the process used by the PUC, the city must file a motion to intervene in the proposed transmission line case.

“The city recognizes the need for and benefits of the transmission line program, and it also recognizes that a number of the alternative alignments and substation locations will have a significant negative impact on the community, the economic development of the city and its extraterritorial jurisdiction and the continued growth of its tax base,” the documents read.

Cedar Park Mayor Matt Powell said the city moved to intervene in the case as soon as it could.

“We want to protect the [Brushy Creek] trail [as well as] current and future economic corridors, and we wanted to take into consideration where people live because these things can have a very bad effect on property values,” Powell said.

Affected parties have until June 13 to file as intervenors.
By Caitlin Perrone
Caitlin covers Cedar Park and Leander city councils and reports on education, transportation, government and business news. She is an alumnus of The University of Texas at Austin. Most recently, Caitlin produced a large-scale investigative project with The Dallas Morning News and led education coverage in the Brazos Valley at The Bryan-College Station Eagle. After interning with Community Impact Newspaper for two summers, she joined the staff as a reporter in 2015.


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