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How to Comment on PSE’s Permit Application

It’s time to tell your city to say “NO” to Puget Sound Energy

PSE has applied for permits to construct new transmission lines in South Bellevue, Newcastle, and Renton. PSE will file for additional permits in North Bellevue and Redmond in coming months. Any person who sends comments to the city will have the opportunity to appeal city decisions about the project. We encourage you to send an email to your city of residence to secure this opportunity to appeal.

You may also submit comments during public hearings that will be held in each city later this year, as early as May or June. No city has yet selected a date for its hearing.

The permit documents can be found hereEnergize Eastside Permit Documents

WHY COMMENT?

Even though CENSE will appeal a permit to build PSE’s project to double the voltage and install larger poles on 18-miles of existing transmission lines, there are two important reasons why RESIDENTS should submit comments regarding PSE’s application to build this project.

  1. You will preserve YOUR right to file an appeal if the project is permitted.
  2. Your city will know that residents do not want the city to approve PSE’S application to build this project.

HOW TO SEND COMMENTS

  1. Click the e-mail button for the appropriate city
  2. A pre-loaded e-mail will open in your e-mail application
  3. Edit the preloaded text to personalize the e-mail (see below for topics to discuss)
  4. Include your name and street address
  5. Send the email
  6. Pat yourself on the back for being a responsible citizen!

If you prefer to send written comments, or if the e-mail buttons do not work for you, see the contact information for your city below.







Contact Information

Bellevue

Heidi Bedwell – Environmental Planning Manager
450 110th Ave NE
Bellevue, WA 98004
HBedwell@bellevuewa.gov
development.bellevuewa.gov/zoning-and-land-use/public-notices-and-participation/energize-eastside-updates/

Newcastle

Thara Johnson – Senior Planner
12835 Newcastle Way, Suite 200
Newcastle, WA 98056
tharaj@newcastlewa.gov
425.649.4444
newcastlewa.gov/departments/community_development/energize_eastside/

Renton

Jill Ding – Senior Planner
jding@rentonwa.gov
Department of Community & Economic Development (CED)
Planning Division
1055 South Grady Way
Renton, WA 98057

Renton will allow at least 14 days of comment AFTER the permits are deemed complete, and posted on the city website.

FAQ

Q: Will comments sent by email be acknowledged as received?
A: Generally, there is a reply sent to let the commenter know that their email has been received. Issues raised by comments are summarized and a consolidated response is provided in the staff report.

Q: What is the deadline for sending comments?
A: Bellevue: TBD, Newcastle: March 19, Renton: April 30 (Extended)

Q: If residents do not submit comments before the City issues its recommendation and report, are they precluded from testifying at the Administrative Hearing?
A: The public hearing before the Hearing Examiner is open to everyone. It is referred to as a “pre-decision hearing.” The following link provides responses to FAQs about how to participate in the land use permitting process. FAQ: Participating in a land use decision

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