What was this hearing all about?
PSE must submit building permits in each city impacted by Energize Eastside. Each city holds a public hearing to review the application and its adherence to city building codes (e.g. Land Use Code). Each city appoints a Hearing Examiner (Administrative Law Judge) to conduct a hearing, listen to testimony, review the evidence, and issue a decision. Also the hearing will create the legal record for the project that will become the basis for subsequent appeals to city councils or the courts.
The Public Hearing held on January 8th was Renton’s hearing. Bellevue’s hearing was last year (details here). Additional hearings will take place in the other cities through which the transmission line passes.
The focus of this Hearing was for PSE to present its case for the Application. For that reason, by Hearing guidelines, CENSE was limited in the amount of time to orally present our side. Hence, the importance of the CENSE legal Notebook which is now part of the record.